See the sweet little princess shopping trolley above?
It is HOT property in our household at the moment.
For months it was left neglected and unloved gathering dust at the foot of the stairs, until out of the blue Miss Four decided she wanted to play with it again.
Watching Miss Four having a delightful game of going to the shops and buying groceries, Miss Almost Two decided she wanted in.
She wanted in so badly, she could taste it.
Not quite au fait with the rules of sharing, Miss Almost Two swooped in to hijack the trolley from her older sister, who was merrily caught up in her land of make believe.
Miss Almost Two’s hijacking was not a silent one. She went in with her voice escalating like that of an ambulance.
‘Mineeeeeee!’ she screeched.
You can imagine the outcome of said hijacking.
Caught off guard, Miss Four stood momentarily speechless as her little sister hightailed it with the goods.
Within seconds of Miss Four realising she’d been robbed, a hot pursuit ensued resulting in an upturned trolley and groceries strewn across the floor.
The girls moved faster than WWF fighters ready for a smack down as they got up into each other’s grills screaming, ‘MINE!’ and then ‘MUMMMMMMYYY!!!!’ while I attempted to break up the barney shouting, ‘Sharing, sharing, Jesus wept, will you just share?!’
As if trying to steal her own sister’s trolley wasn’t enough, Miss Almost Two added insult to injury in the heat of the moment and pinched her sister.
The trolley was confiscated and the girls had a time out.
On probation, I offered Miss Almost two a pram, which kind of looks like a trolley. Miss Almost Two met this offering with a look of great distaste.
After several repeat incidents, the girls are now content with taking turns playing shopper and shopkeeper.
I toyed with the idea of buying Miss Almost Two a shopping trolley of her own for her upcoming birthday, but I decided one’s enough. We can’t have two of everything in this house just so the other one doesn’t get upset.
They need to learn to share just like everyone else.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, it is one hard lesson for little kids to learn.
While Miss Four understands the concept of sharing and only needs to be reminded sometimes, Miss Almost Two has a long way to go.
I will never understand how a toy can be left unused for weeks and then as soon as someone starts playing with it the other child believes they can’t live without it and must play with it right that second. Right that second or their world will fall apart.
We are dealing with this on a daily basis, several times a day in this house at the moment.
I know it’s a developmental thing and Miss Almost Two will come to terms with it before long.
In the meantime, Miss Four and I are leading by example encouraging sharing and taking turns, praising each other for good sharing and explaining why we should share.
Funnily enough once they get past the initial struggle, they actually enjoy taking turns and making each other happy.
And while I can’t say we’re not going to have any more showdowns over the trolley, we’re making progress.
Do your kids fight over toys in your house? When did you kids learn the act of sharing? What’s hot property in your house at the moment?
Linking up today with My little sunshine house for Sunshine Sunday writing to the theme – Share.