New research has come out revealing that kids’ abilities to share can predict their future success. An article published in the Washington Post starts with these words:
“Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.”
Which may cause many of us to shudder as thoughts of Lego wars and Play-Dooh fights immediately come to mind. Will our little non-sharers be destined to a life of crime? Or maybe, just maybe, they will transform into amazingly generous beings once we leave the room? (Right.)
How’s this to keep you up at night?
“Children who scored higher were also more likely to have a full-time job by the time they were 25. Similarly, children who scored on the lower end of the scale were more likely to have negative interactions with the police and spend time in juvenile detention. They also had a higher chance of being arrested, of recent binge drinking and of being on a waiting list for public housing.”
So, along with the other burdens of worry, do we need to teach our kids to share before they graduate to first grade? Oh, and PS, can we really “teach” our kids to share? And what about all of that really legitimate sounding advice telling us not to force our kids to share? Some experts say it’s even bad for kids’ development.
To share or not to share? That is, indeed, the question.