Friday, April 1, 2011

The Art of Sharing

Ok, there's no art here... just an attempt at sharing, but an incredibly cute attempt indeed.

Sharing from Laura Hanlon on Vimeo.


Just Another Girl said...

How do you teach sharing? I really want to teach my daughter to share. She is 15 months old and I don't know how to go about it.

Zach and Laura Hanlon said...

It is a lot harder when you only have one child, there just aren't as many moments to teach this unless you are around other kids a lot.

Consistency is the key, even at home with you. I try to ask my girls to give me an item (without me taking it), and practice sharing with their mommy.

As Ellie has gotten older, I tell her if she can't share then she can't have the item. I try to explain to her (although I'm not sure if she understands), that the toys, food, items she has is a blessing and a gift. She should not claim them but share them. If there are toys she doesn't want to share, I tell her to put them away (when friends are over) or play with them in a separate room (than her sister).

Here are some great tips I found online for this:

My girls still have a hard time with sharing, I definitely think that it takes a while to understand this concept. Thanks for asking :)

The Eanes Family said...

We watched this last night and followed it up with Ellie saying her Bible verses. Mr. Eanes was amazed and stated that he wants Mia to know the Bible...yes dear...first she will have to learn to talk. :) Good work keeping Christ the center of your kids everyday life- it's really encouraging to see!

Just Another Girl said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm gonna start with "sharing with mommy". Then at least she can start to understand what the word share means. Those tips on the pre-school website are good too.

I think you're a great mom. I especially love watching the videos when the girls recite Bible verses. Thats some pretty amazing stuff you got going on over there!