Helpfulness is being of service to others, doing thoughtful things that make a difference in their lives. Helpfulness begins with observation and awareness. We see that someone needs assistance and we offer our help. When we are helpful, we make a gift of self. When we give of ourselves, we grow in love. The more love we give, the more love we are able to receive. Helpfulness doesn’t mean taking over and doing everything ourselves. In parenting It means giving appropriate assistance and sometimes that means showing how to do something and then letting our child do it themselves.