It takes time for children to develop the skill of
Children go through five stages.
Everything is “mine.” this stage usually begins at or around age 2.
- “Not mine” is different from mine.
- “Not mine” things have owners.
- Owners may lend items. This is a big step, children need an understanding of time—taking turns, “now” and “never and that the owner of a toy may choose to lend it to her temporarily.
- “Ours” is joint ownership. At this point, true sharing can really happen. Two siblings can have joint ownership of a common item, say, a go-cart, and understand how to share it fairly.