Get Kids To Bend To Your Will With This Simple Grammar Trick

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whorecently studied how likely children between the ages of 3 and 6 were to help with a task when asked. It turns out that asking a kid to “be a helper” proved 20-percent more effective than simply asking them “to help.” The explanation lies in the engagement of the kid’s sense of identity – she may or may not want to put down her toys and help, but she definitely wants to be known as someone who helps others. The same researchers have demonstrated similar results in adults, which is information you can choose to use at your own discretion (“Hey Mike, be a beer buyer …”).

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