Is ‘mine! mine!’ an endless chorus in your house? Why learning to share is a crucial life skill

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"A part of it is about giving and taking – not only of physical things, like sweets and toys, but also about emotions, like giving and receiving attention". (Getty Images)
"A part of it is about giving and taking – not only of physical things, like sweets and toys, but also about emotions, like giving and receiving attention". (Getty Images)

You and your friend barely sit down when the blood-curdling screams start. You rush out to see who's hurt, only to find your two children, each determinedly tugging on one arm of a doll, screaming.

It's a scene that plays itself out in thousands of homes every single day, but that does not stop parents from feeling frustrated and embarrassed.

Being charitable is a sophisticated skill. It's not something that comes naturally to a small child, but with your support and encouragement, he'll eventually start sharing like a boss.

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