It was a very interesting challenge... on one side no much time to be on your own... on the other side, a lot of time to enjoy the ways they play and think.
There was a time that I specially enjoyed when talking to one of my nieces in which I could remember that technique of asking questions to children. She is very clever but at the same time is very young, around 12, so then I could appreciate the simplicity (and clarity) with which her arguments or ideas were supported.
Observing the way the children talk and play is another very useful source of creativity and inspiration. It is not only about the ideas, about the content, but about the way they are expressed.
We should pay attention to other people´s ideas and suggestions regardless where they are coming from: The ideas can be suggested by children, people with a low socio economic level, people without education, people who cannot express themselves properly or even to think clearly.
In fact, we should celebrate and encourage this diversity of ideas, this mix of different ways of looking at things. That was one of my motives to come to live in London, to learn from diversity of ideas produced by a mix of cultures.
Going to the beach, changing environments, changing routines, doing different things, using different time tables, meeting different people, doing different activities are ways to embrace new ideas that can be linked to current problems to generate new solutions, or at least to change the old ones.
Have a break.