Any parent of a preschooler knows the subject of sharing warrants an entire how-to manual. So although our four-part series on sharing is all wrapped up today, just in time for the holidays, we hope you’ll refer back to it – and print and upload our adorable sharing activities – throughout 2012. But first, check out how The Two Bears work out their holiday gift-giving dilemma.
Sometimes, we have unrealistic expectations of our little ones. Preschoolers are tricky that way. One minute they seem so grown up – then suddenly, they’re like the unpredictable, wacky toddlers they were just a few short months ago. They’re moving targets for our lessons on sharing – not an easy task.
Luckily, they come prewired to care for others. But it’s a long stretch in development and experience before they can actually put themselves in their friends’ shoes, turning caring into empathy – and empathy into sharing a favorite treat with a sad friend. Soon, they’ll learn that sharing – and giving – feel pretty great, too.
But it doesn’t stop there. Kindness, empathy, and sharing grow over time and blossom into altruism – the unselfish concern for other people. Altruism, one of the most powerful and uniquely human traits, is in great demand these days. So just think: The next time you give your preschooler a lesson in sharing, you’re giving a gift to humanity. How’s that for holiday gift-giving?
Here are a few more tips for your little gift to humanity:
I’m grateful to be able to connect with so many parents all year long. Have a wonderful holiday – and Happy 2012!