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How do I teach my child to share without them thinking people can just come up to them and take what they have all the time and they just have to accept it!

Posted by anon, 07/12/13

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  • I think there was an article on here about taking turns rather than ‘sharing’ not sure that works with food/treats/lollies etc


  • I think time teaches them, and just talking to them and letting them know. They are learning all the time.


  • get them to offer it to someone else….thats hard


  • how did you teach them


  • there are some good comments here


  • We taught our 3 kids to share starting with treats. One lolly snakes are the best and cut into 3rds. That way if there isnt enough for everybody there is nothing for everyone. As for toys the person that got it off the shelf or toybox has it first but that doesnt mean that they cant play together they just have to compromise. It easy with supervision and not used as a babysitter. Then when its pack up time they do it together again sharing the responsibility. Sharing comes in all forms from settng the table to cleaning up not just about toys.


  • How are you going with teaching them to share?


  • Some great ways to introduce sharing. I will keep these in mind


  • It’s tough! We try and praise him hugely when he does it and use positive reinforcement.


  • how did you go? :)


  • some great tips that I will need soon too as mine is about to go to playgroup!


  • Some good answers here – hope they are useful for you.


  • these tips will help me too… :)


  • Some really useful advice here.


  • Sharing is a tough one because the child thinks “whats in it for me?”….and pretty much at that age there are no bonuses so its tough…
    But you can teach them that its not right just to take things off others and if someone tries to take something of you then you have the right to say “NO”….but if someone asks nicely if they can play with the toy you are using then you can tell them that as soon as you are finished you will give it to them.
    It takes a while to find the balance.


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