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Do not expect young children to share. You can encourage sharing, but do not punish a child for his inability to share. Additionally, children should not be expected to share everything. Give the child some control in deciding what he will share and what he will keep separate. The owner of the property should also learn to take care of his possessions. Thus, if he leaves out a toy that is not to be shared, then he must accept that it may be played with by others. Teach children to take responsibility for their behavior (i.e. if a child hits another child for taking his toy, reinforce that hitting is not appropriate). Children should learn to take care of other's property.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|