How can we help our children to learn about sharing? – WILF Books

I was contacted by the lovely people at WILF Books asking if they could guest post on my blog to let all you all know about their new sharing-based children’s book delivery service.

Now you all know how much I love books so I’m very happy to help. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m very delighted to spread the word of this service that they are offering.

 

WILF Books - Inspire Imagination book sharing childrens
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You can read WILF Book’s guest post below:

How can we help our children to learn about sharing?

Sharing is a super vital life skill, isn’t it?

It teaches us how to co­operate with one another in our
everyday lives.

It teaches us about compromise, that if we give just a little to others, we can also get
a little of what what we’d like too.

It teaches us about negotiation, and how to cope with
disappointment.

It’s a fundamental human value that makes us who we are.

We all recognise its importance, but how can we help our children to learn about sharing?

Well, first and foremost, we think it starts with you. Monkey see, monkey do. Children learn so much
just from watching what their parents do. You’re their role model, and when you model good sharing
and *taking turns* in your family, it gives children a really great example to follow.

You, as a parent,
can always facilitate and encourage sharing in every day life, and here are five simple ways through
which to do that:

● Allow them to see it in others: Recognise it when your child sees another child sharing.
There’s nothing more beautiful (and cute!) than watching children share and play nicely
together, a little bit like grown­ups do. You can say things like: ‘Woah, wasn’t your friend
sharing her toys really well, that was really lovely of her.”

● Nurture it through play: It’s really fun to play little exercises with your child that involve
turn­taking, sharing and inclusive participation. Talk your child step by step through the
process of sharing, saying things like, ‘It’s your turn, then it’s my turn; you share the brown
bricks with me, and I’ll share the pink bricks with you, I’ll play with Buzz whilst you play with
Woody”.

● Pile on the praise: When the proud moment comes, and you see your child attempting to
take turns and share, be sure to lay on the praise, attention and all round good­will. This is
super important, and with consistent practice and positive reinforcement, will become second
nature in the minds of your little ones. For example, you could say things like “that was really
lovely the way that you let Charlie play with your helicopter, great sharing!”

● Have ‘the talk’ (not that talk!): Talk to your child about sharing before she goes on play dates
or trips with other friends. Reinforcing before, during and after play dates can really help build
their mental map for sharing. For example, you could say, ‘Rahul is almost here and you’ll
need to share some of your toys when he gets here. Let’s have a think about what he’d like
to play with, shall we?’

You can also talk to your child about sharing before all possible
interactions with other children, like nursery, pre­school or big school.

● Allow them to ‘own’ their sharing: Create an environment and culture that encourages your
child to want to share. WILF Books is develop on the value of sharing, delivering tailored and
personalised children’s books addressed specifically to your child, along with the opportunity
to share their own books with other children across the country. Take the time to sit with your
child to discuss which books they’d like to share each month, in return for new books that
they will love.

WILF Books- Explore the World book sharing for children
Image from WILF Books

There’s sharing in every day life, and then there’s developing a sense of sharing amongst the wider
society and community.

In the globalised world within which we live, it’s more important than ever to
be able to share beyond our own personal boundaries and connect with those from other cultures
and backgrounds.

By nurturing this connection, when a child reaches pre­school or school age
where community, creativity and play are championed and they begin to interact with people of new
cultures, they’ll be able to build more complex relationships with other children with the fundamental
foundation of fairness at the heart. Imperative in today’s world.

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Thank you WILF Books for this interesting and useful post.

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I would love to read your thoughts on WILF Books?
 
Is it something you would love to try with your children?
 
 
 
* I was not compensated for hosting this guest post. I just love the idea and thought it was fitting for my blog!

7 Comments

  1. June 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    I love this idea – Emma is obsessed with books and I know she'd love this. We really enjoy reading together and I think encouraging reading can only be a good thing 🙂 #triballove

  2. June 28, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I love reading and my boy loves it too. I hope that I can encourage my daughter to share in the love of a good book as she gets older! #TribalLove

    • WILF Books
      July 3, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Hey Fi. So happy to read that – it feels like we're creating WILF Books for a family just like yours.
      If you'd to register your interest with us (and also be in with a chance of winning a year's subscription!) be really excited to share and build our project with you. 🙂
      Thanks! Callum

  3. June 28, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Oh no, the idea of sharing books scares me a little. Just because, although Mini loves reading and bringing me books for her to read, if she's not too interested in the book she will tear it apart much like a small puppy would! Lucy xx #TribalLove

    • July 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      That's hilarious to read, Lucy! We should note that there would be no obligation to share, so through WILF Books you'd still be able to receive fresh and exciting new story books each month. However, sharing is really one of our founding principles, so it's likely we'd reward subscribers who do choose to share if it's possible. 🙂
      Best, Callum

  4. June 28, 2016 / 9:08 am

    I definitely want to encourage my daughter to read. I'm currently looking for books I can read to her at this age (3 months, almost). WILF Books sounds like an interesting idea, but they're a little out of her age range yet. #TribalLove

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