Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Make sure the highchair has a wide base, good fit, adjustable secure straps. Consider a post between the child's legs. ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Dealing with slow learners needs special guidance. Find some simple tips in our articles section. ||Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding that may interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against it ||There are parenting mistakes that are harmless. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician ||There are some games, that you can play with your child to increase his ability to concentrate. Check them out in our articles section. ||
Teaching children to share

 

Teaching children to share is a hard task. Most children don't understand the concept of "mine" and "yours" until they're 3 years old. Young children are naturally ego-centric. They see the whole world through the lens of their own wants and desires.

Some children get so attached to a toy that it becomes part of the child's self, to the extent that when asked to draw a picture of herself, a four-year-old would always include her doll -- as if it were part of her body. This can give you an idea on how hard it is to convince her to share this doll with a playmate.

Strategies that may work

  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to share neutral items. Sharing your favorite toy is much harder than picking out a treat at the store with the express purpose of sharing it with friends.
  • Play turn-taking games. Kids get a much better sense of what you want if you use the term taking turns.
  • Model generosity. When someone asks to borrow one of your "toys," make this a teachable moment: "Mommy is sharing her cookbook with her friend.” Share with your children: "Want some of my popcorn?" Find plenty of opportunities to model sharing.
  • Compliment your children as they make progress. Children will appreciate the third-party compliment.

As is the case with social skills in general, children don’t naturally develop the ability to share. Be aware that sharing requires practice, which always includes mistakes along with the successes.

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