“Miss Harper! Miss Harper! Willard won’t share the blocks! He has them all!” Emily cries.
Every early childhood teacher has heard similar complaints from young children. Many of us move in quickly to insist that the “greedy, selfish” child share some of the coveted item with the newcomer. Refusing to share is often treated as a crime in the eyes of adults. While our intention is good, we may be teaching children that others’ rights are more important than their won and that problems should be resolved by adults rather than between the children themselves. We want children to be generous, kind, and cooperative, so we demand that they share. Read more