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How to Promote Sharing and Cooperation in Your Child

  • TLW Venetian Editor
Learning the value of sharing and cooperation is essential during early development.  Both are important skills that contribute to positive relationships. Here are some effective strategies that parents can use to promote sharing and cooperation in their little ones.

1. Model the Behavior

Children learn by observing the people around them, especially the people closest to them. Demonstrate sharing and cooperative behavior in your everyday interactions. For example, show your little one how willing you are to share something with someone else, take turns in conversations, and work collaboratively with family members. Naturally demonstrating these valuable skills  through your own actions, makes them more meaningful.

2. Create Sharing Opportunities

Set up situations where your child can practice sharing. For example, when taking your child on play dates, bring extra snacks that your child can share with others. You can also involve them in activities that require teamwork, like completing a puzzle or a group craft project. These experiences help them see the value of working together and sharing resources.

3. Address Challenges Constructively and Head-On

When your child struggles with sharing or cooperating, address the issue calmly and constructively. Discuss what happened, why it’s important to work with others, and what they could do differently next time. Compassionate communication about what your young one is struggling with can lead to a better understanding of what they need to grow. Provide positive reinforcement by acknowledging their efforts  and avoid punitive measures that might create resentment or anxiety.
Helping your child practice sharing and cooperation is a gradual process that requires patience and consistency. The best environment for your little one to practice these skills is one where they have the opportunity to interact and engage with children of the same or similar age. This is why early schooling is so important! The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that over 85% of five-year-olds are enrolled in an education program, including those with a holistic approach to child development.

Contact The Learning World Academy today to learn more about our curriculum and holistic approach to child development. We look forward to answering your questions and providing you with more information about our exceptional, supportive Miami preschool programs!

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