When should you expect to see them sharing?
Sharing requires a certain level of empathy. Children can’t develop true empathy until the age of 6, before then they only share because they’re conditioned – which can be tough to implement. Before the age of 2, children are used to playing alongside each other and not with each other. As you start to teach them sharing, your unaware 2-year-old will fast become a generous 3-year-old as they start to see the value of sharing.
Don’t force them, encourage them to make their own decisions
It’s normal for a child to have powerful feelings of possessiveness over a toy or other valuables. Instead of making a decision for them, respect their feelings of possessiveness and encourage empathic attitudes. Sit back and observe them in a group play setting – you’ll be able to learn a lot about where they are at and what kind of guidance they’ll need. Make sure you only step in if your child is getting grabby or aggressive.
Monkey see, monkey do
You and your partner are the biggest role models in your child’s life. If you’re given the opportunity to share and your little one is present, make it a teachable moment and obvious to them what you’re doing. For example, when someone wants a sip of your drink do as follows, “mummy is sharing her drink with a friend, isn’t that nice?” To emphasise the act of sharing.
Respect your child’s attachment to a possession
To a child, their possessions are precious and taking them away can be traumatic. If your kid has a friend coming over, this is good opportunity to ease them into sharing. Before they come over, let your little one pick a couple of special toys they won’t need to share and the rest is fair game. You may have to play referee at certain stages, but at least you’re respecting your child’s natural feelings.
Child care centres
With so many kids and only limited toys and qualified carers, Wyong child care centres can help to get your little one sharing as quickly as possible. We’ve saved you the trouble and found a couple of the best in the area.
Super Kids Child Care Centre
Catering to babies, toddlers and preschoolers, the friendly team at Super Kids Child Care Centre will make sure your child has fun while staying safe. Located in the northern suburbs of the Wyong Shire, your little rugrat will get the opportunity to learn important skills with a range of different programs – parent participation encouraged. Enrol your child today and you won’t be disappointed with the affordable prices and knowledgeable staff at the Super Kids Child Care Centre.
Where: 2 The Grove Watanobbi NSW
Juniors at Wadalba
If you want to develop the emotional and social wellbeing of your child, it’s important to let them play (and share) with other kids. With a first-class child care centre and qualified staff, don’t go past Juniors at Wadalba. There’s a range of play areas, toys and facilities, so your little one will always stay busy learning and creating. With a strong focus on development at Juniors at Wadalba, you won’t have to worry when you leave your child in the hands of the carers here.
Where: Sage Cl Wadalba NSW
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