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    We have a rule that any toys that are "out" are sharing toys. Any toys he doesn't want to share- go in his room. His room is not an open door unless he wants it to be. Same goes for taking toys where we know kids are going to be eg, other people's houses, to the park to meet with friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyMum View Post
    We have a rule that any toys that are "out" are sharing toys. Any toys he doesn't want to share- go in his room. His room is not an open door unless he wants it to be. Same goes for taking toys where we know kids are going to be eg, other people's houses, to the park to meet with friends
    I agree. If my kids don't want to share something in particular it goes away. My experience is the more something won't be shared the more the other kids want it, causing distress to all.

    When we're out, it depends on the toy. If we takes noodles to the pool and the kids aren't playing with them I am happy for other kids to use them, but expect to be asked. If it's something like a doll in a dolls pram and DD2 has brought it to the park I don't expect her to share it willingly if she's playing with it, but if she's not and another kid wants it I'd encourage her to share it. I just make sure we never take anything that important anywhere it might become an issue.

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    This reminds me of an article I once read from a child psychologist that explained why telling our kids to share everything is detrimental to their adult lives.

    Don't quote me, as I read it about 8 years ago, but it was basically saying adults don't share with strangers, as that is potentially dangerous, so insisting that children share with strangers isn't good for them either.


 

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