How do you teach your child to respect others property AND teach them to share?

@miamilady (4924)
United States
April 16, 2007 5:30pm CST
My children often fight about this subject. They want to take eachothers things but they don't want their sibling to do the same. How do you teach your children to be generous and share and also teach them to respect eachothers propery?
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@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
18 Sep 07
Hi Miamilady, well, I don't have kids but if I had any I would teach them how to share with others but making them give their own toys to a child in need, like the organizations collecting everything for the 3rd world countries, like Afrika. This way they'll know that there are children living in terrible conditions all over the world, and that they should learn to share whatever they are having with someone less fortunate than they are. My parents did so with me, and I am eternally grateful to them to having brought me up the way they did, and to never be egoistic and greedy in life :) TheFortunes
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
18 Sep 07
My mom always taught us that if we want people to treat our things with respect or treat us with respect we have to do the same thing. Then one day a neighborhood bully broke one of my brother's toys and it really taught us what my mom was saying, of course my brother didn't do anything for the kid to break his toy, he did get a new one from that kid's family. But we learned from it.
• United States
17 Apr 07
That and good manners are important basics a child should learn from early on. If there was a fight over a article then I would take it away and no-one could play with it until they understood it was to be shared.
• United States
16 Apr 07
You just have to keep reminding them and enforcing the "rule of sharing"; and, don't forget they learn a lot from watching us. As they get older, they'll begin to do it naturally. They should also have be allowed to have some things that are strictly off limits to others, though. If they have an item that they feel this way about, it needs to be respected. By the same token, they need to respect others' needs in this area too. As a parent, be prepared to "say it a thousand times"....over and over and over and over. LOL
@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
16 Apr 07
"Do unto others and you would have done to you". Not only does it make a cool bible quote, it's my motto for life. So many times my children squabble about this and that being taken away. I have to remind them to put themselves into other people's shoes. When that doesn't work, I take the item in question so no one can use it.