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Parenting Skills: How to Get Your Kids to Share
Sharing is not a easy thing to do. How many adults are willing to share their beloved belongs such as cars and houses. Getting kids to share is even more difficult, especially for younger kids. Although whatever things kids love might not have much value to adults, it is important to the kids and they would do whatever they could to guard their "belongings". It takes time to educate kids to understand the importance of sharing. It would be a good idea to start teaching them how to share as young as when they are toddlers. Parents can demonstrate to the kids on how to share in different settings and explain to them whenever there is "it's mine" situation. Parents can set a good example as well. Sometimes it might be easier to educate a young kid through a story. The following story is one of the example stories that I wrote about sharing.
A Best Christmas Ever
“ I wish you a merry Christmas….” Froggy B was humming a happy tune. He loves this time of the year. Tomorrow would be Christmas. It also meant “time to open the presents.” He helped Mama put all the presents under the Christmas tree. “One, two, three, four…” Froggy B counted the presents that had his names on. “Yippy, Yippy, Yippy,,, I wish you a merry Christmas…” Froggy B danced around the living humming the Christmas song again.
“It’s time for bed,” Mama told Froggy B. But Froggy B was too excited to sleep.
DingDong. The door bell rang.
“Who could that be?” Froggy B wondered.
Mama went to answer the door. By the time she came back, Froggy B’s best friend was with her.
“Ducky is staying with us for a week because his parents have to leave town for some emergency duty,” Mama said.
“That means we can celebrate Christmas together! WOW! What a merry Christmas!” Froggy B jumped with joy.
“It is time to sleep. Ducky, let me show you to the guest room upstairs. You guys can play tomorrow,” Mama said to Ducky and led the way up the stairs.
“Good night! Ducky,” said Froggy B with a big smile.
“Yeah, see you in the morning. Froggy B,” Ducky replied quietly.
Ducky didn’t seem happy. Froggy B wondered why. Later, Mama came to Froggy B’s room and told him that Ducky would not get any Christmas present because their parents didn’t get the chance to buy them.
“I would like you to share one of your presents with your friend tomorrow. I am going to change the name tag on one of your presents now,” Mama said to Froggy B.
“NO! Mama. I don’t want to share my Christmas presents. They are mine. And I have been waiting for the whole year for these presents. I don’t want to share them with anyone.” Froggy B wailed.
“But he is your best friend. Tomorrow is Christmas. Ducky would be sad if he doesn't have any present to open on Christmas day. How would you feel if you are the one who don’t have any present to open on Christmas day? Besides, you are only giving up one of your presents, you still have the rest,” Mama tried to convince Froggy B.
“NO! I don’t want to give away any of my presents.” Froggy B covered up his ears and refused to listen to Mama.
Mama signed and left the room.
Froggy B couldn’t sleep. He worried about his presents. He tossed and turned, then he got up and tiptoed out his room. When he was sure everyone was asleep, he quietly tiptoed all the way down the stairs. He quickly checked on his presents and felt relieved when all of his presents were still there with his names on.
“If I hide all my presents in my room, I don’t need to worry about anyone taking my presents away.” Froggy B thought this was a smart idea, so he grabbed all of his presents and tried to make his way up to his room. But the presents was big and kind of heavy too, it made it hard for Froggy B to see the way up the staircase.
Splot! Froggy B tripped and fell all the way down the stairs. “Ouch!” Froggy B got up and looked around quickly to see if he had waken up anyone. He paused and listened for awhile.
“Good! Everything is quiet except the clock.” Froggy B thought to himself feeling lucky. He carefully picked up his presents and got ready to go up the stairs again.
Splot! Froggy B dropped all of his presents again when he suddenly saw Ducky standing at the top of the stairs.
“Are you all right?” Ducky asked as he rush down the stairs and tried to help Froggy B.
“You scared me!” said Froggy B angrily as he tried to lower his voice.
“Sorry. I was waken by a loud noise, so I came out to check it out. I didn’t mean to scare you.” Ducky explained. “Did you hear that noise?”
“Yeah, but that’s not your business. Please go back to sleep!” Froggy B said impatiently.
“OK. But your forehead is bleeding a little. Do you want me to go get your mama?” Ducky noticed a little cut on Froggy B’s forehead.
“The last thing I want is to wake up Mama. Please go back to sleep. I will be fine.”
“I think I have a bandage in my bag. I’ll go get it for you.” Without waiting for Froggy B’s reply, Ducky hurried up to his room and brought back a bandage in a flash.
“Don’t move. I’ll put it on for you. I hope it works because this is the only bandage I have with me.” Ducky carefully put the bandage on Froggy B. “There, all done. Good night, Froggy B, and don’t worry, I won’t say a word about what I saw tonight to anyone.” Ducky walked quietly back to his room.
Froggy B sat there starring at his presents. What Ducky just did made him thinking. “Ducky gave his only bandage to me without a second hesitation. I have six presents and wouldn’t want to share one with him. It just doesn’t sound right.” Froggy B started to pace back and forth thinking really hard. Finally, he figured out what to do. He moved all of his presents back to the Christmas tree and changed three of his biggest presents’ name tags. Then he went to sleep.
Next day morning, Froggy B woke up early. He went to wake up Ducky and try to show him the two surprise presents. But before they got to the stairs, both of them let out a big “WOW!”
A gigantic remote control car was sitting next to the Christmas tree. It was exactly like the one Froggy B was wishing for, except it was ten times bigger.
Froggy B was so excited and started to run to the car without realizing he was still at the top of the stairs. He plotted all the way down the stairs.
Mommy rushed out. “What happened?”
“Look at this, Mama...” cried Froggy B. “And it has a note on it…”
Dear Froggy B,
I saw what you did last night. Giving and caring are exactly what Christmas is about. You gave half of your presents to your friend expressed how much you care about his feeling. You’ve shown the truth spirit of Christmas. You deserve something extra special this year. Enjoy your presents. Merry Christmas!
“Mama, hurry over here. Santa gave me this huge remote control car. Oh, boy, this is the best Christmas ever. Come on, Ducky, let’s play together!”
“Quack, quack, quack..” Ducky replied happily.
The car was so big that Froggy B and Ducky could even ride on it. They zoomed to the left, they zoomed to the right. “Rmmm, Rmmm, Rmmm…” when the house ran out of space, they zoomed all the way to the back yard.
“Merry Christmas, Ducky,” shouted Froggy B happily.
“Merry Christmas, Froggy B,” shouted Ducky laughing.
Their laughter filled the air. I bet even Santa could hear them laughing at North Pole.