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Learning to share from the heart rather than ordering then to share is so important because it internalizes generous feelings. There is so much we can do to help the process along.

  • We can make sure there is enough equipment and toys to go around.
  • Let the children use toys and equipment until they feel ready to pass it on to someone.
  • Point out that another child is waiting and has waited a long time.
  • Always be on the lookout for when generous behavior occurs and comment favorably.
  • Talk openly with children about sharing from the heart and about being generous towards others.

    Of course, all this is much easier said than done. And it takes lots of practice to find the right words, the best words, to use under the circumstances. What are some of the things you could say to a child to help internalize their ability to "share from the heart" instead of because we told them to?

    We can't even begin to talk about kindness and generosity without introducing the concept of empathy - the ability to sense or feel what another person is feeling. A little empathy can go a long way in teaching children to "share from the heart."

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