They often see their toys and belong-

ings as a physical part of themselves.

One way to encourage a child to begin to share is through this time-sharing strategy.

When children are squabbling over a toy, you play referee.

Ask the children to draw straws. The child who selects the longest straw gets to play with the toy first.

Set a timer for two minutes. (It can be longer for older children.)

Reassure the second child she can play with the toy shortly.

When the buzzer goes off, give the toy to the second child for the same amount of time. (Don’t be surprised if the child has forgotten she wanted it!)

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