July 02, 2015

Q: My son doesn't share anything and wants everything for himself. Please help!!

A: For responsible parents of toddlers, their child's inability to share can be at best frustrating and at worst, embarrassing.  Having said that, children your son's age are still typically pretty self centered when it comes to play time, and it make take him up to another couple years to really learn to share.  As long as he seems to be developing normally, meeting typical milestones and otherwise functioning normally socially, the best advice is to stick with it!  Over time he will learn.  At times you may have to take items from him and allow other kids to play with them in order to show him how important it is to you, but aside from that, it sounds like you are on the right track.  Keep at it!

Answered by Jeff Palitz, MFT