The Key is Consistency
Has your 1 year old toddler started getting territorial over toys? While no toddler will think the concept of sharing is a whiz-bang idea, now may be the time to begin teaching basic manners around sharing. For example, we don’t throw a toy truck at Mommy’s head when she suggests sharing with little Timmy!
Like any other behavior the key is consistency, so make sure you know exactly what you’re doing and that you do it perfectly the first time. LOL, just kidding. For the most part kids will learn by example, so model the kind of behavior you want to see in your toddler and point it out when you can. “See? Mommy is taking her turn and next is your turn!”
Just like sugared-up moms at the clearance section in Target, toddlers can also get a little crazy over a toy that another kid has right now. If your tot is beginning to hit, shove, bite, or kick then set firm and consistent limits with natural consequences to teach your child that violent behavior won’t be tolerated. Unless it’s over those new pants that brilliantly combine the comfort of yoga pants with the coolness of jeans, in which case, shit is about to get real.
Scary Mommy Tip: Just like you have certain things that are solely for your pleasure, like that glass of wine or Facebook, so too should your child. Let your child have a special toy or book that doesn’t have to be shared.