Our Family's Journey to Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling.
Monday, October 7, 2013
No Forced Sharing = Genuine Generosity
We do not ask the kids to share, and yet they are very generous. A couple examples from Josh just this past week.
Sunday Josh went to a friend's birthday party. Call me a meanie, but I
don't buy the kids' friends birthday presents just because. I encourage
them to make a card or something meaningful, or think of a gift their
friend would like BEFORE we go to the store to be bombarded with options....
Josh made his friend a card, and gave him $8 of his own money since he
was turning 8. He also chose to get him a small Angry Bird plush toy,
again with his own money.
Later in the week while we were
shopping, Josh got a Hershey's bar. He was munching it on the way to the
car, talking about how he loved the little rectangles. I was starting
to think maybe I should have gotten a treat as well, when he said, "Hey
Mom, you want one?" and popped off a little piece as smoothly as if he
were on a Mentos commercial. "Yes, thank you! That's very sweet," I
replied. "Double sweet," he said, "because I'm being sweet, and the
candy is sweet. Want another?" And there he went with the Mentos move
again. Little heart breaker.