Teaching kids not to be selfish

As toddlers go from being more self-centered individuals to learning the concept of empathy and seeing things from different perspectives, there are multiple fights and disputes we as adults will encounter. Remember that it’s a phase we all go through, still a behavior that you need to show that you do not tolerate. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” will help you deal with that. 

Exercise: Start talking about how it feels when you don’t want to do what you’re told, and come up with an example from your life that you can share.

Ask: Can you think of a situation where you’ve felt that way? Maybe when mom or dad pick you up from kindergarten/school and you don’t want to stay.


  • How does that make you feel?
  • How do you think the other person feels?
  • What can you do in those situations?
  • What would be the consequences?

Purpose: To practice self-awareness and empathy

Want to experience more? Self-Awareness is a social and emotional skill that kids start to develop between the age of 18-24 months, but more importantly a skill that they need to practice. About a year ago we covered an easy way to improve your child’s self-awareness.