Sharing is CARING
Give it here! No, that’s mine! But he can’t have it! Sound familiar? That’s because when it comes to sharing, toddlers find it quite difficult. This is a normal part of your toddler’s developmental process. When he refuses to share his favourite toy, he isn’t really being selfish – he’s just acting his age. Knowing and understanding this is the first step in helping your child grow up to be a generous person.
By their very natures, toddlers are egocentric. This means that they assume everyone else sees, hears and feels things exactly as they do – that they are pretty much the centre of the universe. To be able to share, children need to have empathy, which is the ability to see things from another’s point of view. In order to do this, your child has to understand that you are a different person to him, with different needs and emotions. Children are seldom capable of true empathy until the age of six years. However, sharing is a learned activity and mastering it takes time, so introduce your child to the value of sharing now and then build on this as he gets older.