‘It’s Mine!’ Overriding The Selfish Gene

Tots as young as 3 can be generous while others are inclined to hog. Techniques to teach toddlers empathy.


While genetics may play a part in people’s willingness to share, environmental influences from home, school and the world at large may play a larger role, social scientists say. That can be useful for parents since even children too young to talk seem able to absorb and imitate acts of empathy and generosity. Positive reinforcement can help cultivate generous behaviors.