Child Psychology and Behaviour

How to inculcate sharing habits in children

Fareha Nousheen
3 to 7 years

Created by Fareha Nousheen
Updated on Dec 14, 2015

How to inculcate sharing habits in children

One of the most vital habits that you need to inculcate in your child is the habit of sharing. It is crucial to encourage and cultivate sharing habits in children in their early years. To make children learn something, parents need to practice first what they preach. These pocket-sized miniatures emulate their parents and elders in the family. That being the case, parents need to turn into role model themselves and lead them by example.
The tiny-tots may not be comfortable sharing their personal stuff at first, but once they get the hang of the essence, it will surely reduce their stress. It’s tough, as with so many facets of parenthood, but we need to instill this crucial moral from a very early age. Although it won’t happen immediately, practice will eventually develop compassion and generosity in them.The wonderful creation of God called the Universe, where we reside is also shared by animals and birds along with human beings and we peacefully co-exist. This can reasonably be backed by the famous quote of Leonard Nimoy-“The miracle is this : the more we share, the more we have”.
Use these inklings to your advantage when it comes to inculcating sharing habits amongst children.
•    As goes the saying “Monkey see, Monkey do”. Parents need to share their stuff with others and so will the little one. Creating opportunities and setting examples before children will help them become proficient.
•    When children have problems sharing their toys in a group setting, introducing them to the Timer can resolve the issue. Set the timer say for 1-2min.Ask the older ones to wait for longer. Every child will revel in for the equal amount of time being granted to them and it will encourage fair play as well.
•    On a heightened table place some candles(to avoid the risk of burning). Light one of them and with the help of that candle try to light as many of others as possible. Observe how the light of the first candle does not reduce when shared. Show that as an example to a particularly stubborn child.
•    Applaud the infant when they act in accordance with your expectations. Without a miss, throw in lots of accolade and attention.
•    Children who had received immense attachment from parents during the early years, will turn out be generous in the years to come. Young ones will shell out as they have been bestowed with.
•    In the mixing plate of water colors, try combining two basic primary colors. Watch how altogether a totally new color has been obtained—another great example to teach the value of sharing.
•    Respect the child’s attachment for certain prized belongings of theirs. It is totally normal for children to be stingy towards some toys while they are liberal about others. Forcing them to lend out their precious possessions will unquestionably foster resentment not generosity.
•  At some instances amidst the brawls amongst children, it is better not to interfere. Let them come to a solution, on their own, by giving them time and space. Stay a bystander lest the situation is deteriorating.

Hope these tips will be useful in imparting the life lesson. After all the quote by Mother Teresa precisely educates-“God gives us things to share, God doesn’t gives  us things to hold”.

Happy Sharing!!!

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| Mar 08, 2017

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| Feb 13, 2017

Nice tips... thanks

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| Jan 24, 2017

wonderful

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| Jan 24, 2017

nice article. i will try

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| Jan 24, 2017

nice article

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| Jan 24, 2017

thanks a lot for the useful tips.

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| Dec 10, 2016

good one.. my kid is 19 months old.. and he s like if I keep insisting him politely and slowly that he needs to share his toys.. for 2 to 3 times he then does that.. rather than being harsh to them we can tell it slowly so that these kids can easily understand what we mean to say..

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| Aug 06, 2016

indeed a very useful tip.. am surely gonna try out.. thanks a lot

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| Aug 04, 2016

very good blog given tips are good but my submission is to children should be given the opportunity to join combined game

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| Jul 31, 2016

Nice one with real good examples that can be used for kids to teach sharing

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| Jul 25, 2016

beautifully written.. but the problems start when one kid is sharing his stuff but the other kid's who are friends or cousins doesn't do similar practice's... it becomes tough to explain the situation then

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| May 30, 2016

it is good indeed

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| Apr 11, 2016

Very informative write-up, the quote by Mother Teresa is perfect. Recently I subscribed to a toy and book library friendlytoyz. com My son waits for the toy-man to deliver toys every thursday. He has started sharing toys as they are with him only for a week and will get exchanged after that.

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| Apr 06, 2016

Very informative and helpful blog.. But sometimes when we leave them to sort out their own problems with friends, they come complaining to us about each other and that becomes a difficult task.

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| Feb 27, 2016

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| Feb 27, 2016

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| Feb 27, 2016

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| Feb 17, 2016

Very informative article..

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| Feb 01, 2016

what early age of child for sharing to b learned???

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| Jan 06, 2016

Thank u everyone.

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| Jan 06, 2016

Really an eye opener.. Very good thought..

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| Dec 17, 2015

Well written. Useful tips. Thank u.

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| Dec 16, 2015

Hii, this post is really helpful to teach children sharing. Especially ex of candle lighting. It was really admirable. Applaud to u. thanks n keep sharing.

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| Dec 14, 2015

Hi mam , I really liked candle example and water color mixing ... I wil apply these two examples ...thanks for sharing

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| Dec 14, 2015

Awesome tips Fareha Nousheen especially the candle one! Also would like to add Knowledge is most useful when liberated and shared! Though it's not about material thing but a child can teach simple concepts to their household help's kids or poor people around who do not got go to school and share their toys with them. The smile which it will bring on their face is priceless. Sharing will only make them smarter and a better human being!

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