At a young age, children learn how to mingle and play with other children. However, at some point, your childcare workers may tell you that sometimes, your little one is challenged when it comes to one thing—sharing. Well, this does not mean that your child is selfish; it’s just that he or she is still adjusting to this practice and may still be a bit impatient. For example, if a playmate borrows your child’s toy truck, then it may be a bit challenging for him to wait for his turn since he doesn’t have an accurate perception of time yet.
Now, even though it is normal for young children to not always share, it is still essential to teach them the importance of sharing and be able to foster this value to make playtime easier and promote good social skills. This can also have an impact when they get older.
Sharing is Fun
To encourage sharing, the key is to teach your child how to properly interact with his peers in a healthy manner. Initiate games or puzzles that children will have to play or solve together. Problem-solving is often an issue for children who, at that age, may not realise that sharing is even an option, so show them that it is.
During playtime, you can also provide your child with snacks that he or she can share with the other kids or playmates. However, if there is anything he or she is adamant about not sharing or is special to him or her, then put it away before friends come over. This will eliminate the tension that would be created when the child doesn’t want to share it.
Communication is Key
If your child doesn’t want to share toys or other items, make sure to talk to him. Make him understand how his playmate might feel if he doesn’t lend any of his toys. You can also ask him what’s wrong or why he doesn’t want to share—you just might get answers.
Be a Role Model
Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to teach sharing because your child looks up to you. Share foods like ice cream with him or let him try your new sunglasses or hat. If he or she sees you sharing, he or she will share with friends, too.
Sharing is Caring
To learn more about how we teach sharing and other skills at each childcare centre near Perth, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.