Sharing is a behaviour ingrained in humans, for it stems from our dim past when sharing food became part of a survival strategy. Toddlers will voluntarily share. What parent has not been offered the soggy end of a biscuit?
However, the confusion sets in when a child is 'Learning the Language' They will investigate their environment, e.g. pick up items another child wants to investigate as well, and the trouble starts; they are being told to share.
‘Sharing’, however, is an abstract concept. If one is 'told' to share, it’s not sharing; it is being-told what to do. The word ‘sharing’ must be learned
Practical clues to help children learn about sharing:
- Taking turns
- Demonstrating how to divide
- Learning to ask
Buy your copy of 'How to Hold a Glue Stick' for more practical clues about sharing.