Children between the ages of birth to 5 years of age do not have the mental capacity to share. Children at this age are still very egocentric, still learning to understand the feelings of other people. Young children’s social-emotional development involves learning how to understand their own and other’s feelings, regulate and express their emotions appropriately, build relationships with others and interact in groups.
This will help your child learn to manage and regulate his or her behaviors and learn to control impulses, tolerate frustration and cope with strong emotions. This will also help children build trust and develop empathy skills.
Based on the information provided above, we want to help our children build social skills and the unspoken rules of play. It is best to have children take turns vs. “sharing.”
Example: “Sarah, when you are done playing with the truck can Joey have a turn?”
As children continue to develop, they will learn how to problem solve on their own. But until then, it is important to teach children social development by modeling appropriate behaviors.
Strategies to Support Emotion Development: The Creative Curriculum®