How do you teach kids to share? That’s the eternal parenting question.
It would be the understatement of the century to say that Kiddo does not like sharing. I know that most kids have trouble with sharing, blah blah blah. But, seriously, his fear of other kids touching or looking is quite severe. If your kid always shares readily, lucky you.
Now, I don’t think that kids need to be able to share everything. In fact, I think it’s perfectly acceptable for kids not to want to share all their toys and I don’t force the issue. However, it would be nice if my son could sometimes play with the other kids at the park without having a breakdown.
Enter: “the sharing ball”. I informed Kiddo that we were going to purchase 2 new balls, which of course put him over the moon. New toys! However, these two balls were only to be played with with other kids. A few words on the balls themselves serve as a reminder. I’m sure it won’t solve the problem completely, but I am hopeful that it means we can actually contribute some toys to park play dates. Up to now Kiddo has adamantly refused to bring his own toys because, Heaven forbid, another kid might touch them.
More tips on sharing appreciated.