This mum’s explanation of why she taught her child not to share has gone viral

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Tuesday 25 April 2017 12:00
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Picture:(Alanya Kolberg / Facebook)
One of the first things we're taught as kids is to share. By being nice to the other children, dishing out cookies, toys and the like, we begin to learn the social skills that are needed in years to come. But one mother did exactly the opposite, and when she explained her reasoning why she got an amazing response.
Alanya Kolberg posted a photo on Facebook explaining why her child “is not required to share with yours”.
She explained that, as she walked in the park with her son, Carson, six boys demanded that he share his toys. She wrote:

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.

She continued:

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.

She added:

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.

Here’s the full post:

Kolberg's post has had more than 212,000 shares, and hundreds of people have left supportive comments:

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