Forgiveness is an important skill in children and adults for restoring relationships and limiting future conflicts. But, when people upset you, no matter how much time has passed, the pain may still be there. In this quick tip episode, we identify two things parents can do to teach their children forgiveness, and what makes others more likely to receive forgiveness.
What Makes Children Likely To Forgive
A recent psychology study done at North Carolina State University identified what makes children more likely to forgive others from early childhood to adolescence. In the study, researchers led each child through a series of scenarios involving other children who are “in group” and “out group.” Specifically, each study participant was told they were either part of the green group or yellow group. In interviews, researchers described some children in the scenarios as also being on their team, while other children in the scenarios were on the other team. In each scenario, interviewers asked study participants whether they were willing to forgive a group that left them out of a game or activity.