Giving Happiness

Giving gifts is always in season, but children can find it hard to do. What can you do to help?

Reading and talking about emotions is a step in the right direction. When children understand how someone is feeling by reading the emotion on their face, they can begin to think abstractly about how someone might feel in certain situations.

Ask your child to think about how they feel when they get a present. Emphasize to your child that the person you're giving this gift to will be just as happy, and it will make your child feel happy to know they're responsible for brightening another person's day.

If you'd like more information, check out Zero to Three's article on developing empathy. Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood fame, had some important words to say on this topic as well.

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