Posts Tagged ‘Lids on Kids’
Eli was about a year old when he discovered that he didn’t have to share his toys. You know, that pivotal moment when they loudly and clearly shout “MINE!” What a shock… surely I didn’t teach him that… he learned it from that neighbor kid! Mmmmm…. wait a minute… “that’s my cell phone… don’t touch the laptop, it’s mine“…. oops!!! Reality check. He is listening. This was also a pivotal moment for mommy. I started to really think about how I phrased requests toward him.
Mommy: Eli, you share that toy right now!! Eli! If you don’t share right now you will have a time out. Give her that toy…. Eli…. !?!?!!!
= Time out. Tears. And a general loathing for sharing (well loathing might be a bit extreme… but only a bit).
Mommy: Oh, Eli… your buddy is playing with you too. You get to share with her. You are so lucky that you have a friend over to share with. We are so blessed to have such fun friends to share this toy with.
= A fun perspective on sharing. Fun playdates filled with sharing bliss (well, bliss might be a bit extreme).