9 GOLDEN GUIDELINES
1 Encourage your toddler to share, but don’t scold her if she doesn’t. 2 Don’t kick up such a fuss that your child gets lots of negative attention – it will only encourage the behaviour. 3 Where possible, ignore the behaviour and don’t intervene every time, otherwise the behaviour is negatively reinforced. 4 Distract the toddler by showing her something else she’ll find interesting. 5 When two or three toddlers regularly play together, the parents can arrange to buy or bring along roughly the same toys for everyone to play with together. 6 Children find it easier to learn when there’s a game involved, for instance, play a game of trying to “share out” a marshmallow fairly. Messy and fun! 7 Involve the child in the making and handing out of presents. In this way she learns about giving. 8 Watch your own behaviour. Children learn best and quickest from the example we set as parents. 9 Show your child how you share, for instance at the table. Count how many takers there are for dessert, and cut as many pieces.