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Johnny always wants what Anne is playing with

What do you do? (names changed, lol)
Johnny 4.5yo (a kid u babysit) always wants what your child Anne (3.5yo) is playing with.. He refuses to go choose a different toy & will get upset if told to do so. He will sit & watch, or sometimes try taking it/ telling her to give it to him, once Anne is done he will play with the toy for a few minutes & then walk away, or get interested in the next thing Anne is playing with.
What do you do?
You want to teach your child to share, but then you dont want to reward this behavior of his.
(also your constantly taking toys away from him because of misuse & hes known for breaking stuff. He also doesnt communicate as well as usual 4yos)


Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 AM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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Answers (6)
  • I think I would separate them too but also make sure he is getting praise when he does something right. And positive feedback and lovin' from you . He might just feel not as special (I know he really isn't, but he doesn't understand that.) and might be going for the negative attention which is better than none. Good luck .

    Answer by elizabr at 1:01 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Rules of a toddler!
    If I like it, it's mine.
    If it's in my hand, it's mine.
    If I can take it from you, it's mine.
    If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
    If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
    If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
    If it looks just like mine, it's mine.
    If I think it's mine, it's mine.

    Answer by salexander at 11:42 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Sound like a man and his remote doesn't it lol?

    Answer by salexander at 11:43 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • separate them to play

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:46 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • LOL salexander, so true!

    Yeah, I would separate them to play. Sharing is great, but she shouldn't be expected to give up the toy she is playing with all the time.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 11:55 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • it is the way of the toddler/small child world
    good luck!

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 12:17 PM on Jul. 30, 2010