Mum explains why she doesn’t expect her children to share with others.
Alanya Kolberg, posted a lengthy explanation on Facebook that has since been shared almost 220,000 times, 246,000 reactions and has almost 700 comments.
Ms Kolberg said her son was approached by at least six boys at once when he was playing with his toys in the playground.
They “demanded” they share his transformer, Minecraft figure and truck, leaving him visibly overwhelmed.
“He clutched them to his chest as the boys reached for them. He looked at me. “You can tell them no, Carson” I said, “Just say no. You don’t have to say anything else,” Ms Kolberg wrote in the post.
“Of course, as soon as he said no, the boys ran to tattle to me that he was not sharing. I said, “He doesn’t have to share with you. He said no. If he wants to share, he will.”
Ms Kolberg said she received some “dirty” looks from other parents.
“If I, an adult, walked into the park eating a sandwich, am I required to share my sandwich with strangers in the park? No!”
“Would any well-mannered adult, a stranger, reach out to help themselves to my sandwich, and get huffy if I pulled it away? No again.”
“So really, while you’re giving me dirty looks, presumably thinking my son and I are rude, whose manners are lacking here? The person reluctant to give his three toys away to six strangers, or the six strangers demanding to be given something that doesn’t belong to them, even when the owner is obviously uncomfortable?”
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