Sharing is caring... or is it?

This article was posted on the Moms.com facebook feed and I can't decide what my stance is!

I totally agree with a lot of what the author is saying - I don't want my kids to think they are able to force someone to share, and I don't want to force them to share something that is "theirs" that they are playing with. At the same time, I think it's important for our kids to learn compassion and the idea that sharing something doesn't necessarily mean it is gone. We do a lot of taking turns in our house, and sometimes the end of a turn can get a little ugly... but there are also some things that I don't make the kids share ever.

What's your stance? Does forcing sharing give kids a bad sense of entitlement, or is it something every child (and adult) needs to learn?

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
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    8Theresa Gould
    We teach our children to share our common toys (the ones that are everyone's) but they are not forced to share their personal things. That hasn't made them any more selfish but given them a choice if they trust their sibling with their favorite things. I actually think our children in general are very generous.
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      amanda
      I teach my children to share and they really don't make a fuss about it. I feel like they have more fun playing together than fighting over one thing they both want. Kids need to know how to take turns. It teaches them patience and understanding. I have three kids and none of the toys are specifically one child's or another's. Even if it was bought for one its still shared between them all. This way there's no "That's mine! She can't play with that!" They seem to have no problem with that. Even when other kids come over or they go to someone else's house.
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      About Beth
      Current: Summerville, South Carolina
      Birth: September 18
      On Moms.com since: Aug 18, 2013
      obsessed with babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding (but not judgmental about those that aren't). I'm a SAHM that works. Loves cupcakes, kittens, and glitter; hates spiders, housework and pessimism.