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After Sinterklaas and Christmas, the toy cupboard is almost bursting at the seams. And all the new toys need to be played with of course! Thankfully children have plenty of time for that during the Christmas holidays, but that is not always easy. Playing with friends and sharing can often lead to big fights about who can and cannot play with the new toy. No need to worry anymore, with these 4 simple tips you can learn your child how to share.
Children up to two years of age are mainly concerned with their own little world, which means they have little regard for other children. From the second year on they slowly get more interested in what others do. They also like to do what others do, but still, find it difficult to play together. When children are three years old, they increasingly play together with other children, but there are often small quarrels about the toys or the game they play. Kindergarteners of four years old are increasingly aware that they need others to play with. For example, if they want to play a board game. Four-year-olds are also in a class with many other children for the first time, so that they gradually learn to share better.
Children develop playing together naturally, but it is also important that the parents guide the child in this. Good guidance helps your child to practice the process of learning to share in a safe environment. You can help them and correct where necessary, without getting angry or running away. This teaches children that sharing is not bad or scary.
During a role play or board game, the child prefers to play according to its own rules. His will is law. Therefore play according to other rules so that your child learns that there are several ways in which a game can be played and that it is just as much fun.
Children learn while they play. They also best learn to share that way. Play together with dolls or toy cars and ask while playing if they would like to trade toys. Give it back after a few minutes so that they learn that what they share, they will get back.
Therefore, have your child regularly play together with peers from the neighborhood or from school. The more often they play together with other children, the easier it is. In addition, it is important that the child has enough self-confidence so that they can let go of the game more easily. Does your child find it difficult to share toys and play with other children? Then talk about it together, but don’t get angry.
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