Here are three simple habits around sharing treats that reinforce generosity.
Discussion point: How good we make others feel when we share.
During meals and while you are visiting with others, model how to share treats and be specific about encouraging your children to share.
Some fun ideas include:
- Sharing your dessert with your spouse or children and say something like, “This ________ is so much sweeter because I shared it with you.”
- A family tradition you could start is that when treats, desserts, etc. are given out, whoever divides the treat allows the other to choose which part of the treat they would like. For example, one child breaks the chocolate bar in half, then lets the other choose which half they would like.
- Demonstrate sharing without being asked. Provide extra treats for your children to take when going on outings with friends so they can practice sharing and being generous.
Questions for discussion
While driving, use these questions for conversation starters:
- How do you feel when someone else has a treat and you don’t?
- How do you feel when someone is playing with a neat toy and does not share it?
- How does it make you feel when someone shares a special treat with you?
- How about when someone gives you first choice of which toy to play with?