Toddler Property Laws
If I like it, it's mine.
If it's in my hand, it's mine.
If I can take it from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
If it looks just like mine, it's mine.
If I saw it first, it's mine.
If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
If it's broken, it's yours.
It sort of reminds me of this...
Not exactly a "sharing is caring" sort of mentality...but that feeling of ownership and possessiveness is all part of the process of healthy development as toddlers begin to form their own identity and assert their independence. Although teaching children to share with others is good and important, at this age it is not realistic to expect them to be able to do it fully...or for very long...or even at all. Their ability to share will come later, but for now it's okay for them to hold the world in their hands and believe that it's all theirs. In doing so they are building an understanding of themselves in relation to everything around them- and that is a foundation they will build upon for the rest of their lives. Years down the road as that understanding is built with confidence and security, they will be able to separate themselves from tangible objects, and sharing will be easier for them to handle...most of the time. :)