Sharing: One of life’s great lessons

Dear Mr. Dad: My two-year-old is a terror on a playdate! He seems completely incapable of sharing toys and even grabs toys out of the hands of his little friends. I spend half of my time apologizing for him to other moms and dads. What can I do?

What a great question—reminds me of a poster one of my children’s day care providers had on her wall called “The Toddler’s Rules of Ownership.” Here are a few samples

  • If I like it, it’s mine.
  • If it’s in my hands, it’s mine.
  • If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  • If I had it a week ago, it’s mine.
  • If it’s your and I steal it, it’s mine.

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