Monday, July 22, 2013

What's Yours is Mine and What's Mine is Mine

This is the new voice of my 4 year old.  He all of a sudden feels that every toy in the house is his, no matter what.  He also feels that he doesn't have to share with his younger brother, even if it is the baby's toy.

This has been a very frustrating battle, especially as K gets older and wants to play with more of Z's things.  I have told Z that he can put any toys that he doesn't want K to play with in his room and it will be off limits to K.

This worked for about a week and then it was back to the toy battles.  We have started to take toys away that he yells at the baby for touching.  This helps at the time, but as soon as he forgets we took away his toys, he is back to not sharing.

He doesn't get in trouble if it is a toy he was playing with and the baby tries to take it and he asks us to help.  He only gets in trouble when he yells at or pushes the baby to get him to go away.

When he does these things we will take the toy away and then explain to him why it isn't nice to act that way and ask him what he should have done instead.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Is anybody else going through the 'what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine' stage with their kids?  How do you handle it?

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