This past weekend I taught my daughter that she doesn’t have to share if she doesn’t want to!
She has always been very generous with her things. This is one of the perks of being in daycare at an early age. She will play with and share her things with anyone.
This past weekend she happily shared her brand new toys with several children who didn’t ask to play with her things, yet took them and threw them around, refused to return the toys, and lost parts of her toy. The parents of these children watched the event unfold, without doing a thing about it.
If I sound a bit bitter, I am. I realize that children out there are being raised in families who may have different morals and values than mine. While my children are far from perfect, my husband and I try to monitor their behavior and correct them so that they will learn to be kind, polite, and respectful. It is sad when I see children being disrespectful.
My daughter learned that not everyone will respect her belongings and it is okay to expect children to ask before playing with your things. It is also okay to ask the children to treat your items with respect, and to tell them that they may not play with your things if they are not respectful or you don’t feel like sharing a new toy.
I hope this lesson translates into my daughter learning that she deserves respect and courtesy in all situations.
“Give is the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace of mind.” – Native American peace prayer