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Chatelaine – “In fact, according to [Mary] Gordon, you don’t need to teach kids empathy or reward them for caring for others. You just need to show them it’s something you value and encourage their natural instincts. She points to a study where researchers tested toddlers’ natural altruism by hanging clothes to dry on a clothesline, then pretending they dropped a clothes peg and couldn’t reach it. In every case, the baby toddled over to help. The takeaway? Kids are primed to be empathetic, good people. All parents have to do is encourage them.”

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