We all know that sharing is important for our child, but how and when can we introduce this life skill
This is a tough one for most children, particularly the youngest in the family or an only child. It is important to our children that they learn to share from an early age. Sharing is imperative for your toddler’s social development and will help them to make friends. Many parents despair as they contend with their child’s less than cooperative manner to sharing, however most toddlers find it hard to share as toddlers think they are the centre of the universe. So don't worry - it’s not just your child that is struggling! It is only at about three years old that your child should be starting to understand the concept of sharing. It will be especially useful to your child if you introduce sharing behaviour before they start playgroup or school. But do remember they won’t get it right every time and the emphasis should be on praise when they show good sharing habits, rather than you getting upset with them when they just can’t quite give up that green brick!
As with most aspects of bringing a child up, remember they will be watching you! Make sure that they see everyone in the family setting a good example by taking turns nicely. Tell your child when you are sharing with them and encourage your child to share. Ask their permission before using something that is theirs and share simple things like an apple cut into slices. You can play games with your child, sharing their toys. It’s important that your toddler learns that when they share everyone is happy and can enjoy the toy or game. If your child is playing with other children or you are reading a story to your child, you can point out other children’s nice sharing behaviour. Encourage your child to share by always praising sharing behaviour and remember to be very patient. Good manners takes practice!