Learning is strongly influenced by emotions, especially in the first few years of a child's life.
Studies have shown that kindergartners who had a warm, positive relationship with their teacher were more positive about learning and coming to school.
So would positive thoughts about sharing translate to kids being happy to share?
Social scientists studied children between the ages of three and six. They asked the kids how they would feel or how would another child feel if someone didn't share with them.
They found that the kids associated sharing with positive emotions while 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 generosity and happiness link by first helping them understand their own emotions. This allows them to recognize other people's emotions.
Also, allow kids to solve their own issues when it comes to sharing. Don't just tell your child to share, but ask how they can come up with a solution to make everyone happy.
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