I suck at sharing. I really do. I feel bad when I think about all the non-sharing I did as a kid, my poor little sister. Sharing is an uber big sacrifice for me. There is just something about seeing someone else with my stuff that makes me feel all...bleh. I feel like the perfection of my carefully arranged stuff together is ruined. Weird, I know. Anyway, so now I have two little girls and I'm not sure how I want to approach the issue of sharing. I read an article months back (that went around Facebook [after the five minutes were up, I found it here.]) about sharing. I thought the author made a lot of good points, the main one being: why should we force our kids to share what they were using because that's not how the real world works. So I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do. I can't exactly take the "first one to the toy gets to keep it approach" because that's not a way to teach empathy and compassion. My tactic of the moment is to just let Abigail play with whatever toys she wants that wasn't pulled out of Eleanor's hands. Eleanor is too young to care if Abigail takes a toy that was meant for her or when she can't play with a toy Abigail has. So yeah, I'm just kicking the can down the road for now - observing other parents to see what tactics they employ. So far I haven't found any I'm in love with.
Daddy sharing his computer on our old couch.