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At a time when there is so much talk about bullying and negative behavior, it is especially important to think about how we can help young children develop the skills needed to positively interact with others. The good news is that there are many ways to encourage the development of caring behavior (empathy, kindness, generosity, helping people in need), signs of which can be seen in children as early as age one.

Evidence points to the long-term benefits of developing prosocial behavior, “voluntary behavior intended to benefit another.” Young children who spontaneously demonstrate caring behavior (such as sharing toys) show more prosocial skills into early adulthood, and possessing these skills has been linked to academic and socio-emotional readiness for school.

Our Building Blocks newsletter offers all sorts of tips on caring. Please read and share!