Sharing is an essential life skill that every child must learn. Toddlers generally take time for clear understanding of this concept. Learn how to teach your toddler to share with these helpful tips.
1. Take Turns
Take a toy and say, “It’s my turn to play.” Then, give it to your child and say, “Now it’s your turn to play.” This game will make your child understand that the toy will come back to him/her.
2. Model sharing behavior
Kids learn what they see. If you are eating a cookie, break a piece and give it to the child. Explain that you would love to share with him/her.
3. Praise your child
Whenever your child shares something with you or their friends or siblings, praise them for their behavior.
4. Don’t label things
When you buy a new toy, tell your kids that it is for everyone to play together. Labelling a toy as “Mine” or “Yours” will create the impression in the child’s mind that it is exclusively for themselves.
5. Time it
Set a timer for kids to play with a toy. In this way, every kid will get an equal chance to play. It will also encourage patience in the child.
6. Take toys along
While visiting a friend’s home, ask your child to carry a few toys along so that they can exchange it with their friend’s toys for some time.