I Don't Think It's Fair To Make Kids Share

Sometimes I don't think it's fair to make my child share. I don't like sharing some of my things, so why would I make my child do the same? I know, I know: "Sharing is caring". But there are a few times that I haven't made my children share, and I've been judged by other parents for this very choice.

One Christmas, my son got a cute little coupe truck from Santa Claus. He woke up to it being completely built, and he was ecstatic. His cousins later came over, and he was riding it around. One of his cousins wanted to ride in it, but my son didn't want to get out of his brand new truck.  Some of the people told my son that he should probably get out and share. But in my opinion, why would he need to share his brand new toy that he got from Santa? It's his toy- if he doesn't want to share it, he shouldn't have to.

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Another time, we decided to go to our church building, where they have a basketball court. Kids can also ride bikes and play with other riding toys, too. It was raining outside, so we wanted to go there and play. My kids picked out the riding toys that they wanted to bring to ride, and then we drove over there. When we walked in, there were a few other kids that we weren't expecting. One of the girls ran over and tried to push my one-year-old off of his little car. (Yes, really!) His mother soon came over and was trying to convince him to get off and share. But I quickly said, "Yeah uh no."

I know people might think that I'm teaching my children bad manners or teaching them to be brats. But I don't see it like that. I think it's really important for my children to know that there are some things in this world that they don't have to share if they don't want to. Look at it this way: If I was in a restaurant typing on my laptop, and somebody came up and told me I needed to share my laptop, I'd tell them "No." In this scenario, nobody would judge me for doing that. So I don't think it's fair for me to just take something from my kid when they were already playing with it first. That doesn't seem fair at all, so I won't do it- and I fully stand by it.

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