Sharing: 14 Ways to Get Your Child to Play Fair

3. Never force kids to take turns. Taking turns is a basic strategy parents use to teach their kids to share. But a child needs to understand the concept of time before this lesson is of any instructive value. Be aware that time concepts don't develop until the age of three.

4. Never, ever pry a toy out of your child's hands. I can't think of a single situation, other than a safety issue, where I would say it's justified to snatch a toy from a child's hand. When you resort to physical force, you're teaching your kids to do the same. It's far better to ask for the toy and hold out your hand -- most often, if you use a no-nonsense tone of voice, your child will likely cooperate. A toddler who is unwilling to give up a toy shouldn't be forced to do so -- the lesson is lost if force is necessary.

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10 Best Ways To Get Your Child to Share Her Toys

When parents get involved in toy squabbles, the primary goal should not be to teach your child a lesson on sharing. Rather, the goal is to intervene in a manner that does no harm (i.e., doesn't create bad feelings between the kids).

Children are highly sensitive to silent messages. If a parent asks an older sibling to hand over the toy he's playing with to his younger brother, the older child hears, "Mom likes the baby better than me." If one child whines to his mother and she gets involved on his behalf, the other child is bound to feel hurt and resentful toward his sibling. Take a commonsense approach and intervene in a manner that does no harm.

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