Sharing is a social skill that is not always an easy task for young children. It can be hard for your child when he wants to keep his favorite toy to himself and not let other children play with it. How do you handle this social skill as a parent? Here are some strategies to help your child learn to share:
Model Sharing: Show your child this skill by sharing your items that are appropriate for a child to play with. If playing with the child, share the book you are reading or the toy you are holding.
Teach sharing words: Continue to model sharing by teaching him sharing phrases such as “Can I have a turn?” “It is your turn now,” “Can I play with the truck after you?”
Hide his favorite toys: If your child has a few favorite toys that he does not want others to play with, have him hide the toys when his friends come over. Explain that his friend will not play with the toys he has hidden, but he must share the other toys.
Do not punish: Do not make sharing a big deal by punishing or embarrassing your child in front of the other children. This action will turn sharing into a big ordeal. Instead, step in and solve the situation by reminding your child to share. You can divert the situation by telling your child that when he gets done playing with the toy, his friend will get a turn.
Remember, your child is not being selfish, he is acting his age. Use these strategies to help your child develop this social skill and play well with others.