by Mercy Kids President Dr. Joseph Kahn
Although a time for celebration, compassion and giving, the holidays, unfortunately, also can involve issues of ownership and possession, especially for children in the “terrible 2s” or thereabouts.
At the age of 2 or even 3, toddlers start to see themselves as individuals. They understand that I and we are how they identify themselves. Despite the importance of learning such pronouns, though, doing so has a downside; specifically, a child’s favorite word may become mine. This ranks as a normal stage of development, however, and although you shouldn’t interfere with such self-differentiation, you can take steps to teach your child or children how to share.
Consider, for instance, these four suggestions:
As your child grows and nears school age, consider this trio of additional suggestions:
So – sharing, in a nutshell. Imagine where we as a society would be today if some of our leaders had learned to work things out together as children!