Being a “Helper”

I think we’d all agree that being helpful is one of the social skills that we want to support in young children. But we don’t always get the response we want when we ask, “Will you help me?” I recently learned there’s a better way to phrase that request. A University of California, San Diego researcher reported in a 2014 Journal of Child Development that preschoolers were more willing to set aside what they were engaged with to help adult with chores, if they were asked “Will you be a helper?”

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