Teaching your kids to share is important because it shows them they should care about others. This may be difficult to do because children have a tendency to be possessive of their things. The attachment makes them feel safe and secure. It’s a natural part of the development process. As children grow older it becomes easier for them to share.
Many children become attached to a particular toy or blanket. Don’t force your child to share their favorite item. It’s important to respect your child’s attachment. You can help your child pick out the toys they want to share and put their favorites away. Another idea is to ask the parents of a playmate to bring over their child’s toys. Your child may realize they can’t be selfish with their toys if they want to play with their friend’s toys.
Kids tend to copy the behaviors of their parents so let them view you sharing things. You can also create opportunities to encourage giving. For example, give your child a treat and ask them to give some to another person. Make a fun game out of it. Never yell at your child or expect too much because understanding the importance of sharing takes time. At school, the tutors there should be promoting an open and sharing environment. Unless you’re homeschooling your children, they will pick up habits from class.
Encouragement with emotion often helps children let go of their things. Always give praise to your child and tell them how nice they’re acting when they let other children play with their toys. It will make them feel good because you’re giving him positive attention. You can also ask an older child to give or share something as soon as they can. This is a way to help them know they have control over their things.
Sometimes when kids show their favorite objects it gives them reinforcement to eventually let go of them. Don’t let teaching your children to share turn into constant stressful situations. Sometimes it’s best to let children fight over a toy and not say anything unless they start hitting each other. The action of sharing usually always gets better by the time a child goes to grade school.