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Rosa Learns To Be Fair

Fairness is a concept that children can grasp early—especially if it’s related to them! How many times do parents hear that they are not being fair?

Two and three year olds

Two and three year olds tend to be clear about times when things happen to them that are not “fair.” However, they find it much harder to understand the importance of being fair to others.

What you can do

Encourage your two and three year olds to behave in ways that are fair, including sharing and taking turns. You should praise your young child when he or she does something that is fair, but recognize that at this age the concept of fairness is beyond them.

Four and five year olds

As four and five year olds develop and increase their social skills, they will begin to recognize that they need to be fair to others, just as they want to be treated fairly.

What you can do

At this age, children need coaching from important adults in their lives about how to be fair. Problem-solve situations, such as sharing toys, taking turns and being kind to others. You can also discuss issues of fairness that come up in stories and do role playing.

Six and seven year olds

Six and seven year olds will have an acute sense of fairness, especially when it comes to behavior that relates to them.

What you can do

Just as when they were younger, develop in your children a sense of fairness by promoting kindness, taking turns and sharing. Encourage children to speak up for themselves if they feel that they are dealt with unfairly by friends. Model for children ways to express themselves with their peers: “John, I think it’s not fair when you go first all the time. I would like a turn now, please.” At this age, children are able to begin developing a sense of justice for others as well for themselves.

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