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How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I've told my little guy over and over that he can't keep all the best toys to himself when he's with other kids, but he doesn't seem to get it. How do I teach him about sharing in a way that he’ll understand?

Re: I've told my little guy over and over that he can't keep all the best toys to himself when he's with other kids, but he doesn't seem to get it. How do I teach him about sharing in a way that he’ll understand?

The Bump Expert

Sharing is a complicated concept for toddlers to grasp and can take several years to master, so be patient. But be sure to praise any behavior that even remotely resembles sharing -- holding up an object to show a playmate even qualifies. Make sure he sees you praising other children who are showing signs of sharing too.

Letting your own actions show him what sharing is all about can be the best teaching tool of all, though: When you’re playing with a game or eating something delicious, ask him if he wants you to share it with him. Over time, he'll imitate you. For now, try not to get involved when toddlers are possessive with each other's toys. They'll usually work it out themselves.

The Bump Editors

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

Words don't always mean much to little ones, but I've found that when I pair a command with an action my daughter eventually begins to respond to that command with the action that I've shown her. First we worked on "give it to mommy" and I would have her hand me things. Once she got the hang of that I started handing them back to her and saying "Mommy shares with you, can you share with Mommy?" then I'd hold out my hand for her to give it back to me. Now when I ask her to share she hands whatever it is right over.

jbailey27 |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

The thing that I have found to really work with my toddlers is to give them a choice. Then they don't feel out of control and are able to feel like sharing is an empowering thing rather than the other way around. For example, rather than just saying "share your toys!" I try "Would you like to share your truck, or your ball" and then let them give one of these toys to their sibling/friend. This alone has made such a difference. If you are still having challenges something that has also worked is to make setting a switching timer. If there is one toy that both children want, I say "he can have it for five minutes, and when the buzzer beeps it is time to trade." Then set the timer, and once it goes off enforce the trade. Depending on the age of the children involved, you might get resistance the first time or two. But as soon as they grasp that they will get it back too, they are usually willing to share and wait to hear the buzzer.

BeautifulBooks |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

This is a hard one and can be pretty embarrassing at play groups! We follow the Montessori way which is not really about sharing. They say when your child is working on something and another child tries to take it away, then its up to the other mother to say "no that's Kate's work, you need to find your own work".... and the same applies when your own child tries to take 'work' away from another child. But in a play group session where other mums don't follow this method it can be a bit of a challenge! If you have ever wondered what the Montessori method is there is a great video on this website http://www.classicbaby.com.au

Angelafinnigan |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

This is a difficult task indeed. I remember having the same problem with my son. I don't know what to say. Maybe you should try to give him a reward every time he's willing to share his toys, or at least show him that you appreciate it and that is what adults do. (He will be eager to do grown-up things). It's very good for the child to learn how to socialize with others. He has to know some values of our society. Of course one should not overreact. I have a friend who became interested in those AllieValenza |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I dont know how exactly to answer that. My daughter, Scarlet, is almost 18 months. ever since she could hold a toy my husband and i would say "ok,now its time to share with daddy" and after he held the toy it would be my turn. then when she turned 8 months i started having other kids at my place and she knew exactly how to share. Now if she is with another kid she does it automaticaly. So maybe when your at home you can take turns with his toys and tell him he has to share because other people think he has such great things!

vanityrayne |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I don't really want to make my child share his toys, I've just took my criminology masters degree and if it's one thing I've learned in that program about children, that is that the children who don't share toys have a higher rate of becoming leaders or people with important jobs in a company. I don't see why my child should share either way.

Lisha Savannah |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I was taught at a Montessori school that we more need to teach the children to respect when someone is using a toy or activity to let them finish what they are doing. So I need to step in when my child trys to snatch something and explain that this is 'his/her work' and you need to find your own work. It really does work but in a public playgroup situation it can be hard. Educational Baby Toys and Wooden Toys can be found at Classic Baby

Angelafinnigan |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I wish something like this was possible for students who don't know how to share answers when you're in trouble at an exam. I know I have whenever I could. If praising was the perfect solution for students, I would praise myself in front of them everyday.

Josseline Fleur |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I've already got used to the fact that my toddler will never have leadership in justice, because he doesn't share his toys. I find it tough to explain that he must do this when he starts to cry, you know? I hope in time he will learn to do as the other ones do.

LindsaySkye |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

My friends always say studying online about my baby will do me no good, because I have to feel him and learn about his needs, but I beg to differ. It's much easier to see how others mothers react in a situation where the toddler doesn't want to share. I was driven crazy because I couldn't find a proper solution to this.

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How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

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Shabinevicho |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

The benefits of online education is that you can find almost any answer. It is important to realize that at this very young age children are not developmentally ready to share. True, some more generous children will not have a problem sharing their chocolates with their siblings or best friends, but most other children are far more possessive about their belongings.

katerninaaslaw |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

We ask our 16 month old to "take turns" with her friends and it seems to work pretty well so far. We have the "whoever has possession gets to have the first turn" rule, but at some point, it's the next person's turn. We also practice "sharing" at home by taking fruit or dessert to the table and dividing what there is between us and occasionally even feeding each other. I'm not sure if that helps, but she is pretty good about it!

jylb |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

When it comes to safety, telling your children too little leaves them unprotected, but telling them too much can scare them to death. So look for that safe place in between the two where you will feel comfortable and your kids will be informed. You must make children aware of their personal safety, hold their attention and not frighten them -- all at the same time. Teaching safety depends a lot on repetition and making things a new year nature to your children.

marcepinkie |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

Sharing is a skill that most young children will not master before the age of 4 or 5 or until college. While many adults expect their toddlers and preschoolers to share toys openly with others while on a play date or in a group situation, it is not always developmentally appropriate to expect full cooperation from young children concerning this matter. As children grow, they begin to learn and experience empathy for others, which is one of the key elements of sharing.

denesstu |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I've read this advice in some online master programs: Celebrate any positive sharing behaviors, but do not punish your child for not sharing. For example, if your child hands you the pink bear after you ask for it, say, "Thank you for sharing! That makes me very happy when you share your toys with me." If you're child says, "No! It's mine!" when you ask for the pink bear, you can tell her how it makes you feel when she does not share, but avoid making her feel guilty or punishing her for this behavior.

doritori |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

In your own interactions with your child, consciously demonstrate and describe sharing. For example, at snack time, say, “Let’s share this piece of fruit. Here’s a slice for you and here’s one for me.” Or, when building with blocks, say, “Here, you take a turn and put this one on, then I'll put one on. We're sharing the blocks.” Being a proud family means a well educated kid as well.

marcysmith2012 |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

How your toddler acts is like your business card as a parent. Children also come with a powerful, built-in sense of "mine." Early on, everything they see is "mine." For the next several years, learning what belongs to whom and what "belongs" means is an urgent topic on their agendas. Making them share everything sends confusing and troubling messages.

marcysmith2012 |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I want to have a good approach into the child psychology and I'm willing to be earning a degree so I can practice later. I think you can teach your kid what sharing means by being an example for him. I'm sure you won't accomplish too much too quick, but you need to be patient.

LenBrannon |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I have a friend who took masters in dispute resolution and told me this. To a toddler, everything is "mine." Though this behavior would be incredibly selfish coming from an adult, it is perfectly natural for a toddler just beginning to understand the concept of ownership, boundaries and rights. Possessiveness is the first step a toddler makes in understanding and learning sharing.

marcysmith2012 |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

Teaching the kid what the meaning of the social skills is can be so difficult. A proper education begins with an example. Show him what other kids do and he will realize the concept of sharing. I don't think you should be disappointed if he isn't reacting at the 1rst try. You should take a decaffeinated coffee and wait too see what's happening.

KipBrigham |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I know it is very hard at first but my princess I told her was she would get a reward if she shares but if she doesn't share I will make her bad time earlier

skyblue6604 |

How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

With my daughter I would hold my hand out for a toy and present a different toy in return and say "share" and look her in the eyes as I too k away her toy and handed her mine. I always made sure the toy I was giving was an equal favorite, so if I took away an absolute favorite I gave her back an absolute favorite, if it was a toy she was only okay with I'd give her back one she liked the same amount, etc. As she learned to trade toys with me I started giving her my toy without reaching for hers, and eventually I only took hers away and she was okay with it. Now she hands us toys and points to what we have or she hands us toys and goes off on her own, and she'll do it with just about anyone including other kids.

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How do I teach my toddler to share toys?

I and my sister used to play with wooden toys when we were little. you should not force to your children to share. make an environment which encourage your children to want to share things.

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