Sharing one’s prized possessions is difficult for everyone, especially for little children. At such a young age, rarely do they understand the importance of sharing. Forcing children to share their toys, colours, and other possessions with others without prior notice can be extremely hard on them. It could upset them and make them feel unloved.
However, sharing is a virtue that needs to be imbibed as early as possible. Getting young children to understand the concept of sharing without them feeling like something has been taken away from them is a fine balancing act.
That is why, to address this tricky situation, in this article, we will cover:
When parents expect children to share their belongings, chaos ensues and more often than not, ends in tears. A book written by Dr Laura Markham, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, lists a sample agreement for families on sharing belongings. This sample is limited to sharing among the family members, but a similar one can be drafted by parents to cater to their child’s unique needs.
Agreements like these make it easier for little children to understand the concept of sharing and prepares them to part with their beloved possessions for a brief period of time.
The book, Kid-friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, by Daria J. Medwid and Denise Chapman Weston, mentions an activity that can help children (irrespective of hearing impairment) understand the meaning of sharing. This activity can prove to be extremely useful for children who learn things by doing instead of learning by listening. This will help children understand that sharing can be fun.
Materials Required: Cardboard Box, Markers, Interactive toys and puzzles
These are just a few ways to imbibe the virtue of sharing in little children. It may take months or maybe a couple of years for your little child to internalise it. Like all other parenting challenges, patience and consistency is important.
Do you think these things will work for your child? What did you do to encourage your child to share? Do you have any tips to share with other parents? Leave a comment below! If you have any other parenting challenge that you would like us to cover, drop a word at [email protected]
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