Links and resources for Gifted!: Raising a generous child

When Sonali Ranaweera’s parents gave her $100 to make a difference in someone’s life, something extraordinary happened.

Take a pop quiz on the science of generosity.

From taking turns to eating dinner together, research shows that encouraging generosity in your child isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are six easy ways to raise a generous child.

Even hungry babies want to share.

Want to build a virtual community at your child’s school? Check out our series of free presentations on raising compassionate, courageous kids. Designed for anyone to deliver over Zoom or in person, they come with a presenter script, an entertaining slide deck, and audience participation prompts.

This episode of Like a Sponge was produced by Carol Lloyd and Charity Ferreira for GreatSchools, thanks to the support of U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the John Templeton Foundation. Sound editing and design by Christopher Ferreira. Special thanks to Makenzie Hinson and the Make a Difference Food Pantry; the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes; Stephen Post of Stony Brook University Medical School; Sonali and Jeewika Ranaweera; and Recycling for Smiles.

Music in this episode: Swan Lake Suite Valse by the London Festival Orchestra/ Alberto Lizzio by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky; Rolex by Ayo & Teo; Give a Little Bit by Supertramp; Like a Sponge’s Season 2 theme is Blue and Green by RimskyMusic.

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Updated: September 30, 2021