Teaching children to share; a short guide
Sharing can be a challenging skill for children to learn but it is a vital one that will needed throughout their childhood as they socialise with others, make friends and play together. Sharing teaches children about compromise and fairness as they learn to take turns and negotiate and cope with disappointments.
Parents and carers can help children navigate the complications of learning about sharing through these tips;
Be a good role model for them to imitate. Children learn from their elders and imitate the behaviour that they see around them. When you are able to role model turn-taking and sharing, you can be sure it gives children a great example to follow.
Give children the opportunity to learn and practise sharing.
Point out examples when good sharing was in practise; for example, if their friend shared something with them you can talk about how kind the friend was for sharing.
Give praise and attention when your child successfully shares with others.
Practise sharing games with your child to teach them and coach them on sharing and turn-taking.
Remember that not everything has to be shared; children can have some toys or possessions that are just for themselves.
The Wishing Well foundation
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.
The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.
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