You hear it no matter where you go “Little Suzy, make sure you’re sharing!” “Bobby share you toys.” “She’s not sharing.” Being able to share is such an important part of our lives, however children do not innately know how to share. Sharng is something children need to be taught. How can you help your child learn to share? Try these 5 ways.
1. Seek out social situations.
Children learn by doing. By seeking out social situations you are giving your child more time to practice sharing.
2. Share with your child.
Children are always watching. By sharing with your child they are seeing just how nice it can be when someone shares with them.
3. Take turns.
When playing with a toy or game activly take turns. Use the words “your turn” and “my turn” to help your child fully understand why sharing is so important
There are so many books out there on sharing! Some of our favorites are:
“Llama Llama time Share” by Anna Dewdney
“Share Big Bear, Share!” by Maureen Wright
“Be fair and Share” by Mara Mason
“My friend Fred” by Hiawyn Oram
“One snow Night” by M Christine Butler
5. Point out the positives for sharing and prasie your child when they do.
Learning to share takes time. Be patient with your child and show them the good things about sharing and make sure to praise them when they share with someone else.