Providing child care for Perth suburbs such as Cannington has taught us a lot about child behaviour. One of the most important things for a child to learn early is sharing.
Sharing is an important skill because it helps your child to make friends and to “play nice” with other children. Any child who goes to child care or has other children to play with will have to learn to share to make it work.
Teaching Your Child to Share
At this point in time, the experts agree unanimously: the best way a parent can teach sharing is by role-modeling it. Children learn from their parents exclusively during their youngest, most formative years. They learn by mimicking the behaviours of their parents.
First, however, children need opportunities to share. They need to be put into situations where they have the option of sharing something. There are some great ways to encourage sharing so they make the right choice when they have a chance.
Point out and praise others for sharing.
For example, you can say, “Josie was sharing her toys very well today, wasn’t she? That was really nice of her.” If there aren’t a lot of real life opportunities yet, you can always point them out in TV shows and movies that your child may be watching: “Look at how they are sharing. They are having so much fun.”
Praise and Praise More
Always praise your child for sharing or taking turns. Children want your love and your praise more than anything in life. Be sure to praise them whenever they share.
A great way to model sharing is to play games with your child that involve taking turns and sharing.
When a playmate is coming over, make sure to let your child know in advance that he or she will have to share toys with the other child or children.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
To learn more, contact any Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area.