Suggested discussion points:
–At what age does a child learn compassion? What sorts of experiences encourage the development of empathy? Discuss the effects of role-modeling and vicarious learning, formal tutelage (e.g. in religious school), or involving the child in participatory experiences such as making sandwiches together to take to a shelter.
–Research has shown that children who develop age-appropriate emotional competence skills (including empathy) are more likely to have increased academic performance; better peer relationships; and are less likely to experience psychopathology. Empathy also facilitates mature moral reasoning. See NDMCA-CV manual references.
–Would it be better for Mom to take more control over the snacking (e.g. put the candy out of sight and allow only one piece per day)?