Thursday, January 17, 2013

Toddlers and Learning to Share

 Toddlers enjoy playing next to other children. They are not very good at playing with other children. We call this “parallel play.” Sharing is one of the things toddlers tend to have trouble with. They just don’t understand the concept of sharing, yet. Parents can “train” their toddler to hand over a toy, but the concept of sharing has not taken hold. They think that sharing a toy is the same as giving it away.

It is very common for a toddler to give someone a toy and then expect it to be given right back. It sure makes for a fun game for awhile.

When toddlers are together it’s better and easier to give them similar toys to play with. For example, two trucks can prevent many squabbles and may even help children to cooperate and communication better. Of course, it doesn’t mean that one or both toddlers won’t insist on having the other child’s truck!

If your toddler does share, praise him or her for it. But respect s toddler’s need to protect and guard the things they treasure.

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