Teach Kids How to Ask for Help

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You’ve been there: a small pair of hands struggling to open a juice box, frustration swirling in your child’s eyes. The juice box isn’t the problem—it’s asking for help. Kid’s independence is wonderful, but it’s vital that they recognize when they hit a wall. Finding the balance between self-reliance and seeking assistance is a life skill your kids need. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. This guide walks you through the process, delineating vital steps for teaching your kids how to ask for help. And for an engaging visual walk-through, don’t forget to let your kids watch our friendly and interactive Goal Mine video class interspersed throughout the blog.

1Recognizing When to Ask For Help
2Who Should We Ask?
3What To Do While Waiting?

Step 1: Recognizing When to Ask For Help

To start, let’s focus on honing your child’s skills in identifying when they need help. Employ games like “Is this easy or hard?” to practice the discernment of tasks. Defaulting to asking for help isn’t beneficial either. The aim is to promote a balance between seeking assistance and attempting tasks independently.

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Moreover, it’s crucial to encourage your kids to take a stab at the problem first, fostering problem-solving skills. In other words, the aim is to create a loop of “try, evaluate, then ask for help” when faced with new tasks.

Step 2: Who Should We Ask?

Identifying the right person to ask for help is equally important. For instance, asking a peer to open the juice box or requesting a teacher’s assistance with a tough maths problem is acceptable. But, turning to a stranger may not always be the best choice.

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Engage your kids in role-playing scenarios. During these sessions, discuss the appropriate action for different situations. Also teach them that it’s not a sign of weakness, but of strength, when they confidingly walk up to a teacher, relative, or trustful acquaintance to seek advice or help with a particular task. This promotes safety while teaching them the value of interdependence.

Step 3: What To Do While Waiting?

Teach kids that asking for help doesn’t mean halting all activity. They should engage productively while waiting. Maybe that means taking a step back and reassessing their strategy, or perhaps it means moving on to another task and circling back later.

Similarly, being polite and appreciative is vital when asking and waiting for help. We encourage you to reinforce this behavior. For example, praise them for their patience if they wait for their turn and thank the person helping them. Cultivating gratitude goes hand in hand with interdependence and empathy.

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No one, young or old, navigates life solo—we all ask for help. Learning to identify when we need it, how to ask for it appropriately and patiently wait is a life skill often overlooked. However, it sets the foundation for resilience, empathy, and interdependence. This guide provides you with vital tactics to foster these values in your kids. But remember, you’re not alone in this journey of teaching—”how to ask for help” is a lesson best taught in community, with a shared goal of growing resilient and empathetic adults. For a more comprehensive, step-by-step breakdown, consider getting Goally’s dedicated Tablet. It unlocks a world of friendly and interactive video lessons, including the full version of our ‘asking for help’ guide. Rest assured, it’s an investment in your kid’s current peace and future resilience. In short, mastering the art of seeking help is much more than getting that juice box open—it sows the seeds for a lifetime of navigating challenges with grace and grit!

FAQ’s About How to Ask for Help

What is Goally's approach to teaching kids how to ask for help?
Goally breaks down the process of asking for help into manageable steps through task analysis in our user-friendly video classes.

How does Goally help kids recognize when to ask for help? 
Goally’s interactive video classes use real-life examples and games to teach kids to identify situations where they might need assistance.

Who does Goally suggest kids ask for help?
Goally encourages kids to seek help from familiar and trustful people like teachers or family members through our video classes.

How can kids stay productive while waiting for help according to Goally? 
Goally teaches kids to engage in alternate productive activities or reassess their strategies while waiting for help.

Where can I find more of Goally's video lessons on how to ask for help?
More comprehensive, step-by-step lessons on asking for help are available with Goally’s dedicated tablet.
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