Talking with Kids about Fairness – Encourage your child’s sense of fair play.

In societies around the world, fairness is one of the most fundamental moral values. A number of recent research studies make it clear that children begin thinking about fairness early in life. Three-year-olds sometimes take actions to remedy unfair distribution of prizes, and even 15-month-olds show sensitivity to unfair behavior that they see (see articles in Developmental Psychology and Infancy). However, every parent knows that self-interest often overrides these concerns. When children protest that they’re being treated unfairly it may only be because they’re not getting what they want, and they are often more concerned with creating an appearance of fairness than actually trying to be fair (see this article in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General)

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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