My kids have their favorite toys. And more often than not, they keep those precious possessions just for themselves. I felt a little paranoid knowing this. I’ve been very vocal to the boys to share what they have. Read, though, in one Psychology book that a growing kid develops an attachment to things as well as persons. It was like a child having the difficulty to share his mother with others or share his favorite pillow to his other brothers. He becomes too attached to that stuff that it becomes a part of himself.
Teaching the kids, though, how to share is something not forbidden or hopeless. I’ve learned that sharing is a learned activity. We may teach our kids the value of sharing. And though it takes time to master the art of sharing, we parents should be patient. After all, we are building here the groundwork of a more selfless and giving individual.