Provide opportunities to give others a turnWhile young children are naturally inclined to help others, research shows that altruistic (helping) behaviors are strongly influenced by social interactions. Playing games that involve turn taking or back-and-forth actions (rolling a ball back and forth) can increase children’s tendency to help others.
Encourage empathyChildren are more likely to be kind to others when they can take the perspective of others. Encourage your children to think about how others feel when they see someone experiencing a positive or negative emotion (How do you think she feels after losing her teddy bear?).
Be the example they needImitation is a powerful mode of learning, especially in early childhood. When children see their parents and others around them help, share, and be kind to others, they are more likely to model those behaviors. So, use daily interactions as teachable moments to demonstrate kindness to reinforce what you are teaching your child at home.