Even when you think you’ve got it covered, don’t hesitate to ask for a hand. To help you get what you need during this time, we spoke to moms and communication experts about ways to ask for — and actually receive —meaningful help. Here are 12 of their best strategies for asking family, friends, co-workers, and even your partner to lend a hand. “Have a list of chores that seem impossible to get to, and when people ask what you need, hand it over.”3. There’s a time and place, especially when out and about, to simply ask for help from a stranger.