Articles tagged with: sharing

23 February 2014

Should Toddlers Share With Others?

Parents want their children to share with others, but is forcing the issue such a good idea?  True sharing, the kind that comes from a desire within, requires empathy, something that most children don't develop until they are 4 or 5 years old.  Toddlers aren't able to perceive the experiences of others, and often share because we tell them to, despite how naturally possesive they are of toys at that age.  Of course, we've all seen the sparks of empathy in very young children, so why not focus on developing that rather than insisting they share?