What's Ailing You: Child generosity

Psychologists say children can be generous and giving, but it usually needs to be coaxed out of them.

Psychologists say children can be generous and giving, but it usually needs to be coaxed out of them. (12/17/15)

In this week's "What's Ailing You" report, a local viewer touches on a holiday challenge that involves getting kids to be more giving.

Psychologists say children can be generous and giving, but it usually needs to be coaxed out of them with a little training and modeling by the adults around them.

Therapist James McGhin, of the Darien-based Center for Hope, says that hands-on projects give kids a great sense of giving and build character. You can encourage, he says, your children to part with a new toy of their own and wrap it up for a child in need. Or you can come up with a project that plays to your child's strengths, like artwork or volunteering at an animal shelter.

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