I love the age Aria is right now, it's a whole new level of bonding we have as she understands more and more every day. But at the same time, it brings a whole new set of parenting challenges.
Toddlers have a limited, but ever growing, understanding of the world around them. They often see important objects as an extension of themselves, which can lead to them being reluctant to share. It is almost as if they are giving away a piece of themselves unwillingly to another child... or so I've read!
But it all makes sense really, if you think about it. Aria has hit a stage where she isn't interested in sharing her toys, and becomes very protective over them. This is all fine and well, but how on earth am I supposed to teach her to share in a calm manor when at a busy playgroup with eyes all around!
To be honest, those looking our way when there's an 'incident' over a toy or book aren't eyes of judgement but more of 'oh, I know EXACTLY what she's going through, I've been there' aren't they? I know I've certainly thought that when I see another toddler having a moment. You want to help, but you barely know how to deal with your own child at this stage!
I'm trying my best to keep calm in these situations, act live I've got my sh*t under control, and move on. It's not always easy but I'm trying the 'fake it 'til you make it' approach!
Just like every other milestone and accomplishment, Aria will get there eventually. She will learn that she is able to give a child another toy, and take it in turns to play with it. It won't always be easy, but what part of parenting is?
I'd love to know any advice you have on teaching toddlers to share, and if you've had any similar situations with your little ones!
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