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Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 19-01-2007

  • Respect your kids’ things: If your youngsters feel that
    their clothes, books, and toys are being manhandled, it’s unlikely they’ll give them up even for a
    moment. So ask permission before you borrow their colored pencils, and give them the option of
    saying no. Make sure that siblings, friends, and babysitters respect your kids’ things too, by
    asking if they can use them and by taking good care of them when they do
  • Lead by
    example: The best way for your children to learn generosity is to witness it. So share your ice
    cream with them. Offer to let them listen to a tape on your Walkman. And don’t forget to remind them
    that intangibles (like feelings, ideas, and stories) can be shared too. Most important, let them see
    you give and take, compromise, and share with others.
  • Teach them what not to
    share: Once they gets the hang of it, your children may be so eager to spread the wealth that you’ll
    need to remind them that some items — like their toothbrush, comb, hat, and shoes — are best kept to
    themselves.