During ancient days, an Indian Household had on an average 5 children. The families lived together and ate together. But these days, the joint family system in India is slowly vanishing and most of the families these days are Nuclear Families. The number of children that every couple has these days is mostly one or maximum 2. Parents shower their entire attention to their children and do not hesitate to buy anything that their child wishes to have. My son is about 2 and half year old now. So here are few tips how to teach kid to share:
Taking him to a garden
I started to take my Son regularly to the garden near our Society as often as I Could. I would take his toys along with him and also other children would bring their toys. The attempt of all the mothers present at the garden was to teach their children the virtue of sharing. Initially, children would be reluctant to share but slowly and gradually they were attracted and interested more in each other’s toys. Therefore, the only way to get another kid’s toy was to give your own toy first to them. The main goal of all the parents around was to teach children the importance of sharing.
So we all parents would come together and make them play small games or conduct small races just for fun. This is one of the way how to teach kid to share.
Sending him to play group
As soon as my son completed 2 years, I sent him to a Playgroup nearby. My idea and intention of sending him to a playgroup was to make him little independent even if it was for a couple of hours. Once he started going to the play group, he slowly learnt to get comfortable with other children. Sometimes he would also volunteer to help his classmates. Sending to play groups helps in the child being more adaptable with the society.
Taking him for events / Travelling alone with my son
Initially I was reluctant on how my son would be if I would take him out alone or take public transport. Then slowly and gradually I started taking him to the maximum places that I go that also includes professional meetings where children are allowed. This practice has helped him get matured soon. For Example:- I take him daily to the market. I ensure that he makes the payment to the shopkeeper or the vegetable vendor so that he knows how to give or share.
Visiting public places like temples and socializing
We have now made a routine to visit temple at least twice a week. Visiting temple not only brings a positive vibe in our minds but also helps calm down. Whenever we visit the temple, I also make him distribute Prasad, which teaches you the value of giving and sharing.
Making him animal friendly
Well, not everyone loves animals and yes I agree animals also cause a lot of health related issues for children. But, whenever possible we go to feed the cow some grass or some vegetable. One thing that I have also attempted to put in his mind that no animal will harm him unless he harms an animal. So even, whenever we see a street dog, I ensure that he is neither intimidated by the animal nor harms the animal out of fear. Simultaneously,we have a fish tank and he always feeds the fishes.
To develop the habit of sharing, it important that the children are first taught to respect every living thing and also develop the culture of giving. At the end of the day, children will definitely follow our footsteps. So it is important, that we as adults, first show our sharing nature in front of our children before expecting them to share their things. So this is how to teach kid to share.
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