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Alternative Approaches To Teaching Kids To Share

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The issue of sharing is the parenting controversy of the day. It seems people are either vehemently against ("I don't share my iPhone, so why should my kid share their dump truck?") or adamantly for ("I'm not raising selfish jerks").

The reality is a little more complicated. Sharing is an important skill for children to learn — it's just not appropriate to all situations. A "no sharing" policy makes as little sense as a "you must share everything" one. 

We don't want our kids to grow up to be entitled, but we don't want them to be doormats either. That's why a more balanced approach is a better option. Let's take a look.