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An Easy Way to Get Young Children to Help Out Around the House

Blend Images/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Want your young children to help out around the house? A new study published in the Society for Research in Child Development suggests that instead of specifically asking for help, parents should simply refer to their kids as "helpers" when the need arises and watch them jump at the chance.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego performed two experiments with 149 children, aged three to six, to learn how certain words work better than others when requesting a favor.

Some of the children were randomly designated as “helpers” while others were simply “asked to help.”  When all the kids were presented with scenarios such as picking up crayons on the floor or opening a storage bin, the kids that had the title of “helpers” were 29 percent more likely to spring into action than their counterparts who were "asked to help."

Researchers suggest that children seek a positive identity and that noun descriptors instill responsibility. The experiment was repeated in various locations with different adult researchers with similar results.

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