10 Ways You Can Encourage Your Kid to Share

Sharing is something which is an admirable trait and is a vital part of relating to other human beings. By cultivating openness in our interactions with others, we create harmony and support within communities, both large and small. However, young children often have a hard time learning to share. As with any new skill, practice builds character and even enjoyment. The following are tried-and-true tips from parents for encouraging your child to share.

Be realistic

Until the age of six, children have difficulty with empathy. Before 2 ½, youngsters prefer parallel play and aren’t going to naturally like sharing. Be realistic about your child’s age and don’t expect too much, too soon. State what is expected and give them time to warm up to the idea.

Don’t force

Respect your child’s natural inclination for possessiveness. Take note of any critical behavioral tendencies like grabbing or being the victim. Children will need guidance tailored to their individual needs.

Connect

When children trust their parents and caretakers, they will reach for a parent’s hand over clinging to a stuffed animal or blanket. Ensure that you have a strong connection with your little one so they don't need any security blankets or comfort items.

Become a model of generosity

Children unconsciously model the behavior of their close ones, so make an effort to be generous with your child, or display generosity in general. Offer them your popcorn or invite them to share the couch with you. Children learn by examples, so be the best example you can be.

Create sharing opportunities

Give older siblings a piece of candy and ask them to share it. A younger child can learn the benefit of sharing from an older child’s model. They will also know that even they can benefit from sharing!

Make sharing a game

Give your child a few cookies and ask the child to give one to everyone in the room. Games are a fantastic way to model important principles of sharing and community, and it is a great way of embedding a habit on a little one.

Know when to step in

You might have a tough time convincing a child to share, but you can take the opportunity to encourage waiting their turn. If a quarrel arises, wait to see if the children can peacefully work it out.

Problem-solving

Sharing and solving problems go hand in hand. Walk children through the process of listening to each other’s ideas until they reach a mutually acceptable plan to share the toy. If they are having trouble parting with a toy, give them time.

Work with other parents

If your child isn’t into sharing, call a friend’s parents and ask the playmate to bring toys. Your child won’t be able to resist new toys and will quickly learn to share her toys in order to play with her friend’s toys.

Respect attachment

It’s completely natural for a child to want to have a few personal items. Respect this attachment and help them choose what toys to share with friends and which to put away before playtime.

With the proper reinforcement, children can learn to share and empathize with other youngsters. Remain cognizant of their natural habits and correct behaviors whenever necessary. By remaining in-tune with your child’s needs and wants while encouraging them to interact generously with other children, you pave the way for positively sharing behaviors that stick and are valuable in the society.