He was visibly overwhelmed and clutched them to his chest as the boys reached for them. He looked at me.
‘You can tell them no, Carson,’ I said. ‘Just say no. You don't have to say anything else.’
She said the boys then “ran to tattle to me that he was not sharing,” and she explained Carson didn’t have to share if he didn’t want to.
That got me some dirty looks from other parents.
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 huffy if I pulled it away? No again.
The goal is to teach our children how to function as adults.
Carson only brought the toys to share with my friend's little girl, who we were meeting at the park. He only didn't want to share with the greedy boys because he was excited to surprise her with them.
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