Kindness is the best way to encourage toddlers to be helpful, according to a new study. Researchers found that youngsters respond to generous behaviour, but are less responsive when dealing with uncaring adults, reports The Telegraph.
The study looked at toddlers as young as 21 months, and recorded their reactions towards adults who gave, or attempted to give, them a toy. Even when adults handed over the toy, it was only the ones who did so in a friendly way that got a positive response.
“This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that children this young can be selective in their helping,” said Kristen Dunfield, a student who led the study at Queen’s University in Ontario.
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