“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).
It is funny to watch animals—they are not good at sharing.
I have lovebirds at my house. They are charming but greedy little characters. There are four pairs of birds and seven nest boxes, but they all want the same box. Not one can settle down to raising babies because they are too busy bickering over houses.
It is so silly. There are enough little houses for all, if they would only share.
Unlike animals, children can easily be taught to share. All you have to do is show them that sharing is more fun than being greedy. You need to set up situations where your child can be the giver and discover that it is enjoyable.
Because they are usually so appreciative, grandparents are some of the best people for your child to learn to share with. What grandma or grandpa does not like to receive a drawing from a grandchild?
Another good person to learn to share with is Dad. Let your little boy or girl buy a snack at the store and take it home to divide with Dad.
After each sharing episode, make positive comments on the fact that your child shared with someone.
Be especially complimentary when children think of sharing themselves. Talk with them about how sharing with someone makes you feel good inside and how it makes the person you share with feel special and loved.
A generous heart is a blessing to everyone.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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