We parent often insist on our child share because of the embarrassment we feel in front of other parents when our child doesn’t share. We should not force them.
Children may not understand enough to realize that even if he doesn’t have a toy now, it’ll be his turn soon. So, don’t be surprised when you see him grab a truck from a friend, or refuse to let his sister look at his favorite book. This is a normal part of the development process. Knowing and accepting this is the first step in helping your child grow up to be a generous person.
So here are some tips which can you teach your child to share with others…
1. Start early
From the time your child can grasp an object, you can teach sharing bypassing the object back and forth. You should tell him/her, again and again, words like your turn and my turn. Anything you like to them whether it’s for eating items or toys for plays always tells them to share with family members or others. By the time they will grow automatically they learn to share with others.
2. Set a good example
Children always try to imitate us especially two to three years old, so you should also try to share with your child or others and use the word “share” to explain to them what are you doing.
3. Praise your child for sharing
Kids respond better to positive reinforcement than to constant correction. So praise your toddler when she is sharing, no matter how small the gesture than pointing out when she is not.
4. Don’t punish for not sharing
Not sharing is also normal behavior, even for adults. Sometimes we also feel bad if we had to give up our items because someone else wanted a turn with it. No wonder kids refuse to share or hold onto their items.
So, don’t punish them instead describe them sharing is fun and they will feel good by sharing their things.
5. Teach them Charity
When summertime rolls by and vacation bells ring, you can take them to do some shopping and share with the less fortunate. Take them on trips to orphanages and charitable institutions and encourage them to give away some of their valuables to help them realize how sharing makes the world a better place and how contributions make a difference.