Although it might sometimes be hard to believe, generosity is hardwired into human beings, and so teaching it to children is often surprisingly easy. The most basic way is to model sharing behavior in front of them, because the generosity of parents can have a great influence on the generosity of the child. Taking turns can be an important behavior to model as well. Eating meals in a communal style can also help make kids more aware of the need to share with others.
- Model generous behavior, so your kids will pick up those behaviors.
- Serve family-style meals where the kids are allowed to serve themselves from a communal dish.
- Don’t overly praise generous children in front of other kids because the other kids will resent them.
“From taking turns to eating dinner together, research shows that encouraging generosity in your child isn’t as hard as you may think.”