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The Art of Sharing in Kids

Sharing in kids

Toy fighting

                    Not so sure if I can put this post under “Diaries of the young parent” !! At 34, I cannot presume to be called young – but with a 2 year old daughter , I think this post does fit here. So, here is the big question every toddler’s parent asks – how do I get him/her to share? Well ,the straight answer is “You don’t”. You cannot possibly expect 1 to 2 year old babies to give up what is dearest to them – their toys. I used to run a play group when my older son was a year old and for the first few sessions, utter chaos reigned supreme everytime it was my turn to host the kids.

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My son would holler at any child who picked up his cars and trucks. Soon, we hit upon a solution – right before the other kids came, I would gather all those toys which were my son’s top favourites and stash them away – so no one could take them. It did work :) Of course, that doesn’t mean that, as a parent, you stop trying to instil good habits in your child right from the start. You need to be softly persistent and not expect immediate results. Sometimes, they will share ( quite rarely, in fact) and sometimes they won’t. Well, as an adult, I assume that the art of sharing is completely present in all you readers. So, go ahead, pick up your pen – ummmm… ‘keyboard and mouse’, I mean- and share with me your stories of teaching your baby to share.

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Like most mothers she knows, Ramya juggles between finding something that satisfies her inner self and doing something that satisfies her family! Mother of two children, a boy and a girl, her parenting philosophy is not so much to be a popular, cool parent as to bring them up with values that she holds dear. When not donning her 'amma' hat, she switches between being 'manager of Digital Learning at IIMB', 'payer of bills', 'cook', 'cleaner' and 'reader of PG Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer.'

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  1. Prashant

    For us my elder son is 6 years elder to his little sister… he is at an age when he understands sharing is important and does well to care of her.


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