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Why Is Sharing Important For A Child? Tips and Tricks To Teach a Child To Share.

Have you ever found yourself in a tricky sharing situation? Maybe you’re at the mall play area with your 3-year-old when another child across the way spots his special fire truck toy. He’s headed toward your little guy, and your dreading what’s coming. Should my preschooler have to share? Why is sharing important for a child anyway? Do you wonder if anyone else teaches their children to respect other children’s things? Then, when the two meet, something completely unexpected happens…

why is sharing important for a child

Your thoughtful kiddo waves and says, “Hi… see my truck? He shows his new friend how “truck” can race and crash and be a hero. At one point, he lets the other child have a turn moving the ladder around on the back of the truck.

Whew. At that moment, in our pretend scenario, all the efforts you’ve put into training your child how to share, have paid off and it was all worth it!

So, just how do you get to that proud mommy moment in real life?

First, What Sharing IS for a 3-Year-Old?

But truth, is truth. We’re instructed all over the place throughout scripture to put others above ourselves. Philippians 2:3 “count others more significant than yourselves.”

There is not a separate set of bible instructions for kids. The words we read to understand God’s truth are the same ones we read and apply for our kids.

Second, What Sharing is NOT for a 3-Year-Old.

So, What Should You Do?

#1. Train your child to compensate for the lack of good manners in others. This is just the way life is today.

#2. We must train our children the right words to say and actions to take.

#3. We must train our children to speak up for themselves.

#4. We have to start early. Start training good sharing habits so early that your child doesn’t know any other way. Are you holding your kids back? Find out here.

What Should You Not Do?

3 Tips for How to Teach a Child to Share.

Finally, Why Is Sharing Important For A Child?

Our lives aren’t about us. True joy is not found in selfishness but in service. Selfishness doesn’t have to be taught. It’s innate in all humans. You’re naturally teaching your child self-care by the way you take care of her.

However, by understanding what sharing is, what it is not, what you should be doing, what you should not, and making it as easy as possible for your little person, you’ll teach her to strike a good balance.

Your child should be different. Oddly generous (Proverbs 19:6), thoughtful, and considerate (Titus 3:2.) The child other moms watch in amazement as she hands over her toy for the sake of making a new friend. It has to be trained and it takes practice, but it’s a great goal to work towards!


Hi there! I'm Mama Duck,

I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home, homeschooling Mama of 4 beautiful kiddos, wife to my loving husband, Parenting Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I adore the sound of my children's giggles, that first sip of hot coffee, and a snuggly blanket fresh out of the dryer. Here on Faithful Parenting, my heart is to equip mamas with the skills, knowledge, and biblical wisdom to raise fantastic kids and build a tethered family!