Sharing is caring, right? We were all raised to believe that sharing is an important part of polite social interactions. But as adults, we would be taken aback if abruptly asked to share something we were using, like our phone. So why do we insist that our kids share toys with complete strangers at a moment's notice? Here's when– and why– it's ok NOT to share.
Molly and Blaire discuss:
The difference between making kids share and encouraging them to share
What forced sharing teaches kids
What to say to turn-giving kids and to waiting kids when encouraging sharing
Role-playing with your child to practice polite yet assertive behavior is a great way to start the conversation about when and why it's appropriate to share.
Positive Parenting Solutions: "It's OK Not to Share"
Heather Shumaker's book It’s OK NOT to share…and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids
Positive Parenting Solutions: "Why a Feelings Wheel Supports Your Positive Parenting Journey"
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