Offering parents realistic expectations about toddler behavior, this guide provides detailed, how-to advice for teaching kids to share and for intervening when toddlers have difficulty sharing. It reviews children’s temperament and development and the roles they play in the willingness to share, while also explaining how to handle the child who never complains about giving up a possession. Relating personal experiences as real-life examples of the teaching process, this parenting reference includes scenarios and suggests dialogs to use. Three factors that encourage children to share are introduced, along with five strategies that specify how to teach sharing. Whether sharing issues come up with toddlers on play dates or in public places, parents will be armed with the knowledge of how to handle and teach their child.
Elizabeth Crary, MS, is the award-winning author of more than 40 children’s and child-guidance publications. She has taught parenting education, with an emphasis on problem-solving and skill-building methods, and established Parenting Press in 1979. She lives in Seattle.