At an early age, children must learn how to interact and socialize with others. One of the most important social skills you can teach a child is how to share. However, this can be a difficult social skill to teach. The Kangaroo Forest has compiled a list of tips that are sure be helpful when teaching your preschooler how to share:
Lead by example
Children are sponges - they absorb everything! Therefore, it is important as parents to lead by example. If you consistently practice and display good habits, your child is likely to pick up on these behaviors. You must show your child what sharing looks like. This means offering to share things with your child; you and your child could take turns playing with their favorite toy. Additionally, you should point out when someone has done a good job of sharing: “Mom took her turn watching television, so she’s giving me the remote and now it’s my turn to pick a show.”
Give your child reminders before each playdate
Everything can be a learning experience - including the fun stuff! Playdates are crucial for your child’s social development, as they are learning to play nicely with other children. Before each playdate, outline your expectations. Remind your child they will likely have to share or take turns with their friend at some point during the playdate. Emphasize the importance of sharing and what positive effects the practice has on friendships.
Praise your child when they share with others
When your child offers to share a toy or take turns on the swing set, it is important that you praise them for their efforts! Studies show that praising good behavior in children only encourages continued good behavior. Therefore, if a child learns from a young age that sharing is positive and beneficial, they are likely to adopt this practice as a habit.
At The Kangaroo Forest, we understand the importance of sharing and how this social skill affects your child’s future. Therefore, we have designed activity schedules for our classes that promote social growth and development. For more information, contact us directly!