We recently got a new product from #FisherPrice #ad called the Infant-to-Toddler Rocker. It’s a great chair for children from newborn all the way to toddlers under 40lbs. So once we put it together, our almost 2-year old jumped right in with glee and began rocking in it. For the next few days she would come home and sit in the chair and we would read stories. Unfortunately, one day we needed a place to put our 4 month old down and placed her in the chair- our older daughter was not very happy! “MINE” “ME CHAIR”, “NO BABY” While the chair is perfect for both of our girls, it was clear our older daughter didn’t want to share with her little sister.
Toddlers can’t really understand what sharing is until around the age of 3 or so. They may seem smart and well versed in human interactions but toddlers still don’t understand enough of the world to be able to actually understand sharing. First of all, they don’t understand the concept of time and thus if you ask them to share something, they think it will be taken away forever. Secondly, before the age of approx 3, children think the world revolves around them (and for most first born children, it does) and that’s why everything is “mine” or “me”. Thirdly, 2 year olds can’t control their impulses yet and sharing requires children to do just that. But don’t despair, you should start introducing the word and meaning early, but don’t expect your child to understand sharing at a young age.
However, as your toddler gets older they will be able to start understanding the concept of sharing and you can help them to learn to share with some of the following tips:
1. Show them what sharing looks like at home: show them how to share a banana, I take some and you take some
2. Point out good behaviour in others and in be@: wow did you see that little girl get off the slide so the little boy could go down. great sharing!
3. Play games that include sharing, like passing a soccer ball back and forth and explain to them that now it’s mommy’s turn, then it will be your turn
What tips do you have for teaching your little ones how to share?