Every parent has different life lessons to pass on to their children and, while you might think "sharing is caring" is a pretty universal one, think again.
One mother started a big debate online after a post about her son sharing his toys at the playground went viral.
In a recent ChoosingBeggars subreddit, the mother, whose post was entitled "My child is not required to share with yours", writes how her son was approached by six boys on the playground demanding he shares his transformer Minecraft figure and truck. She wrote:
He was visibly overwhelmed and clutched them to his chest as the boys reached for them.
'You can tell him no Carson,' I said. 'Just say no. You don't have to say anything else.'
But as soon as the little boy said no, the boys went to tattle on him, evoking some dirty looks from other parents at the playground.
The mother stood by her decision to teach her son to refuse to share his toys, adding:
Here is the thing though: If I, an adult, walked into the park eating a sandwich, am I required to share my sandwich with strangers in the park? No!
Would any well-mannered adult, a stranger, reach out to help themselves to my sandwich, and get huggy if I pulled it away? No again.
The goal is to teach our children how to function as adults. While I do know some adults who clearly never learned how to share as children, I know far more who don't know how to say no to people, or how to set boundaries, or how to practice self-care. Myself included.
Her post quickly went viral on Reddit, as other commenters chimed in on the interesting debate.