Here’s how you can teach your child the value of sharing.
By Mansi Jain
Sharing is another name for kindness. It’s the prime duty of every parent to inculcate this habit in their children so that it helps them adapt socially at a later stage. The best place to start learning is at home. Your child observes your actions from the very beginning. Set an example for them and try these easy tips as well.
Set an example for them
Your baby is your little replica. You need to teach them by practically doing certain activities in front of them. Share your favourite things with your child, your partner, the domestic help and so on. This will create awareness about sharing.
Start at home
A child begins to learn values at his/her home. So, teach siblings to share their toys and other belongings with each other. Besides, you can also share your things with them by asking for something in return. It will build a nice give and take relationship.
Stop being forceful
Don’t be a fierce parent. Our little ones are very fragile. They tend to develop resisting behavioural patterns if they are forced beyond limits. Thus, take a polite approach without forcing them.
Let them take their time Allow some time-out. Let them have this space to understand things and play with their toys on their own if they wish to. Don’t pressurize them to share what they don’t want to.
A lot can be accomplished with patience and gentleness. You can make your child do things your way through the language of love. However, if you take an aggressive approach, he/she will also become unwilling to learn anything.
Acknowledge them Even a little act of kindness needs to be applauded. So, if your baby is slowly accepting the fact that sharing is caring, appreciate them. If he/she shares their things with you, thank them and acknowledge it.
Play sharing games
Kids adore playing new games. Instead of teaching them to share straight away, you can play a sharing game with them. Make them play in a team of two, where whoever shares their things more emerges the winner. This will encourage them to share as every child wants to win.
Make them understand the value of sharing
Children are malleable. Make them realise how other kids also desire for things they may possess and how they can help to bring a smile on someone’s face. This will stress on the emotional quotient, while teaching them the value of sharing.
Make donations often
Talk about your donations when you plan for them. Let them know how it functions and the causes you donate to. Make it a constant habit and take them along to donate their old toys and clothes, so they can donate with their own hands.