Helping kids learn to share

How you feel affects how you learn and that’s especially true in the first few years of a child’s life. Studies have shown that kindergartners who have warm, positive relationships with their teachers were more excited about learning and coming to school. So, would positive thoughts about sharing translate to kids being happier to share?

Social scientists asked kids between the ages of 3 and 6 how they would feel if another child didn’t share with them. They found that the kids associated sharing with positive emotions, and not sharing with negative emotions. Also, the kids who understood what it meant to feel left out were more willing to share with others.

Parents can help kids make the connection between happiness and generosity by first helping them understand their own emotions. This allows them to recognize other people’s feelings. Also, we as parents can allow our kids to solve their own issues when it comes to sharing. Don’t just tell your child to share, but ask if they can come up with a solution to make everyone happy.