Sharing is hardly a quality that we are born with; it is something we are taught or slowly pick up as we grow. Hence it’s only right that we guide our young ones to share with one another, toys especially. By learning to share something he or she loves, the child will be able to become selfless and understand the beauty of sharing.
Now we know that its easier said than done, we totally understand the helplessness that you feel when your kids are fighting over a toy or food, they can fight for the most ridiculous thing. Which is why we came up with a couple of tips to hopefully make the process a lot more smoother, you can do it, we believe in you.
1. Timing is important
Before 6, children are most likely unable to share and understand feelings of another. Having said that, children above the age of 2 are generally more accepting to the concept of sharing, so 3 is perhaps the better age to start fueling him or her on the importance of generousity.
2. Never force a child to share
Forcing your child to share his or her toy(s) is the last thing you want to do, as you can never fully understand the true meaning behind a single toy. To you, it’s just toys, but it could mean the world to them. Shape attitudes and environment that is sharing-friendly, encourage him or her to share gently.
3. Make sharing fun
Like us, kids like it when things are fun. Incorporate values of sharing into activities, like teaching them how to play teamwork-building games such as building a lego mansion together, and building a sand castle together. Before you realize, they’ve already understand that sharing is good.
4. Talk, talk, talk
Communication is the key to any successful relationship, so talk to your little ones more on why it is important to share, they are never too young to understand. Explain to them thoroughly, answer all of their doubts, make them picture the goods that sharing brings.
5. Time segregation
Setting a timer is great when you have two or more kids wanting to play the video game, teaching them to wait for their turns is an essential part of growing up. You can only take this opportunity to teach your children one thing or two about fairness and abiding rules.
6. Be the example
Children learns through imitation, therefore the best way to educate your children about sharing is to be the example yourself, make yourself an ideal role model. Offer him to play with your yoga ball, and ask him to share with you his or her favourite toy in return. Always practice what you teach, you don’t want your kid to question your actions based on your teachings.
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