Sharing is caring
We all have heard this line hundreds of time in our childhood and this is something, we'd all like to see in our children. However, very young children tend to be egocentric which means they see themselves at the center of their world. As they grow, children start to develop social awareness and learn to care more about other people and their feelings, reactions and perspectives.
As young children build relationships, they learn how their words and actions affect others. They come to understand that what they say and do can make people feel good or make people feel sad. If children see thoughtfulness and cooperation modeled, they learn to collaborate, practice kindness, and do things for others.
HOW TO HELP KIDS LEARN ABOUT SHARING, TO CARE AND WORK WITH OTHERS
Learning to share can be a challenge for young children, but sharing is a skill they need for play and learning throughout childhood. You can help your child learn to share by giving her plenty of time and opportunities to practise.
- Understand their feelings. Teach them words that identify emotions to help children build emotional intelligence. Children need to be aware of their own emotions before they can empathize with and respond to someone else's. Ask children how they feel about different situations. Talk about real life scenarios and discuss possible choices. Ask questions that require a child to take another's perspective, "How do you think he felt when he fell down?" Read children's books about people cooperating, demonstrating kindness, and helping others and discuss while reading together.
- Set reasonable expectations. Set reasonable expectations for cooperation for your child. Some young children are able to wait patiently while you help a neighbour; for others, that might be a challenge. Some young children might want to draw a picture on a card for a friend's birthday, while others might prefer to give a hug.
- Explain and empower your children in understanding different situations. If another child at school is experiencing difficulties or challenging behaviour, ask your child questions to extend his understanding of what transpired. Teaching them to care is a great way to help children learn how to build meaningful friendships. "How do you think that child is feeling?" "What do you think you can do to help?"
Finally, set an example and values you wish to see in your child. As a parent, you’re the first teacher your child will have. Sometimes it may be overwhelming but be patient, listen to them and guide them about different emotions and situation.
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