Teaching Children to Share
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 22 September 2013, Question 2
I answered a question on teaching children to share on Philosophy in Action Radio on 22 September 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How do I teach my toddlers how to share voluntarily? I'm the father of 23 month-old girl/boy twins who are just beginning to develop morality. I'm also an atheist with strong Objectivist leanings. I don't want to teach my children that they shouldn't commit a particular offense because God is watching them, as that will instill only fear of the unknown in them. What should I do instead? The twins will fight over particular things (e.g. toys, books, plastic containers, etc.). Too often I find myself trying to keep the peace with the one word command of "Share!" Forced sharing offends me but I find myself using it with the children because their understanding is limited and because it's easy to use. What might I do instead?
My Answer, In Brief: Sharing is lovely, but children need to be taught to respect other people and their things first and foremost – not by command, but rather by firm and fair limits.
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