Is teaching children to share essential or potentially fostering resentment

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A tweet suggesting kids shouldn’t share sparked debate. Advocates argue against forcing sharing, fearing it breeds resentment and undermines boundaries. Yet, sharing is seen as vital for social development. Some advocate a middle ground: teaching boundaries while encouraging sharing. Modeling behavior and discussing feelings can aid this. Opponents argue against sharing mandates, fearing it fosters permissive parenting and stifles emotional regulation. However, balanced sharing lessons teach empathy and discernment, crucial for healthy social interactions. Ultimately, each parent must decide what’s best for their child, aiming for a balanced approach that fosters both empathy and self-advocacy.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She Knows.

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