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Before his first birthday, your baby might not even react if another child picks up one of his toys. Fast-forward a year, and that same child might rudely snatch the toy back, leaving the other child in tears. How do you prevent playdate meltdowns?

  • Set a timer. The guest gets the toy for two minutes. When the bell rings, it's your child's turn.
  • Have duplicates of popular toys. Put favorite, hard-to-share items away.
  • Let your child see you share. Tell your child, "Daddy gets the remote for half an hour. Then it's my turn."
  • Send the kids outside. Fresh air and a chance to burn off steam may turn things around.
  • Give them a healthy snack. It's hard to cooperate when you're hungry. Just don't load them up on sugar!

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