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My child won’t share. Is there anything I can do to help her?

My child won’t share. Is there anything I can do to help her?

It is very important to have realistic expectations for our children. Two year olds are not developmentally capable of sharing the way that we would expect a four year old to share. While we certainly can (and should) encourage turn taking, it would be unfair to expect a two year old to share on her own. Children this age view toys as a physical part of their being. When asked to share it is similar to asking her to give her arm to a friend; it doesn’t make sense to her.

Instead of using the word “share,” practice taking turns at home while playing. With practice at home, your toddler will learn to take turns while playing with other children during playdates and in social situations. Even still, there will likely be tears over toys. Use these moments as an opportunity to talk about how your child is feeling and to consider how the other child might be feeling--practicing empathy starts early!

For a more in-depth look at age appropriate ways to help you child share, read these tips.

If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, please call our parenting phone line at 844.456.5437 to talk to one of our care coordinators.


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