At a child care centre in a Perth suburb such as Queens Park, one of the more important skills a child can have is sharing. Sharing allows children to more effectively play with others and make friends. It is a vital life skill that will affect your child’s quality of life. Here are a few tips to help your child understand the importance of sharing.
Be a Great Role Model
Children imitate their parents. For better or worse, parents are a preschooler’s primary role models. If you are a great role model for sharing and taking turns, your child will learn this skill naturally.
Point Out Examples of Sharing in Others
Compliment other people for sharing. For example, you can say, “Your friend shared her toys with you. That was very nice.” There are also many examples of sharing in books and in children’s DVD’s and TV shows. Always point out how much fun other people or characters in stories are having.
Praise is possibly the single most effective way to reinforce and encourage good behaviour in your child. You can say, “I am so proud of you for sharing your toys with James today.”
Practice, Practice, Practice
One of the best ways to teach your child sharing is to play games with them that encourage sharing and taking turns. You can build a tower together out of blocks, saying “It’s your turn to put a block on the tower. I’ll share one of my red blocks with you and you can share one of your blue blocks with me.”
When another child is coming over, tell your child they will need to share some toys with that child. For example, “You will need to share some of your toys with Sara when she comes over. Why don’t we ask her what she likes to play with?”
To learn more about teaching your child to share, call the Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area nearest to you.