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What does it mean to share?
It’s odd how some things stick with you for years. I remember when my lad was a wee youngster and we were trying to be part of a play group and they had this rule that if a child was playing with something, and another child wanted it we needed to teach them to share, so child one would have to give up the toy so that other child could have it. This rule was enforced and it bothered me mightily at the time, and I guess it still does. All those toys my lad was forced to give up…for another child’s selfishness…I WANT DAT! and so my lad would kindly give it up… seemed so dreadfully unfair.
I suppose it’s a hard balance … to teach sharing without encouraging selfishness. We didn’t last in that play group as the balance just wasn’t there.
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