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.
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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
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
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
● 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.
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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
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.
Thank you WILF Books for this interesting and useful post.