Topic: Sharing

Rent-A-Toy Services Are Great, But They Don’t Teach Kids How To ‘Share’

Rent-A-Toy Services Are Great, But They Don't Teach Kids How To 'Share'

The idea of renting a few toys a month and returning them for new ones is great. I’m always shocked at how expensive toys are, and how often my child becomes bored with them almost immediately. I just don’t think one of the fundamental benefits of these rent-a-toy companies is that it teaches children to share – as some are claiming. Sending a toy back to anxiously await a new one isn’t “sharing.” It’s giving something for the express purpose of getting something back. More »

Bad Mom Advice: Sharing Sucks, Candy Crush Saga Is Ruining Our Lives Plus Bonus Question About Stalking Your Wife’s Menstrual Cycle!

Bad Mom Advice: Sharing Sucks, Candy Crush Saga Is Ruining Our Lives Plus Bonus Question About Stalking Your Wife's Menstrual Cycle!

Sharing is stupid. Do you share all your shit with other people? If I came over to your house and asked to borrow your mascara (How unhygienic!) or your money or your husband (How inappropriate!) would you let me? I don’t know why we teach our children that they must share. It’s bullshit. As a grownass woman I have no interest in sharing my shit with anyone. I consider myself a generous person and I will gladly give you the shirt off my back, but no, I am not sharing my cake with you. Go get your own. More »

Splitsville: Sharing Holidays

Splitsville: Sharing Holidays

It’s lot of fun to juggle holidays between my family and my in-laws. It’s even more fun to throw in my daughter’s father’s schedule. Suddenly, there’s a whole new set of favorites and preferences to consider. On any given holiday, here’s the list of family obligations my three year old is supposed to honor: her immediate family, her mother’s parent’s, her mother’s father’s parents, her mother’s mother’s parents, her step-father’s parents, her father, her father’s father, her father’s mother, her father’s father’s parents and her father’s mother’s parents. Now sometimes, grandparents and great-grandparents are seen simultaneously, but not always. So for a single holiday, my pre-schooler has ten households that want a fraction of her time. More »

Splitsville: How Much Should You Share With Your Ex?

Splitsville: How Much Should You Share With Your Ex?

Welcome to Splitsville. This weekly column will focus on parenting after a divorce, break-up or one-night stand that didn’t end like a Katherine Heigl movie.

We expect our children to share. We ask them to share their toys with friends. We teach them to share their feelings with us. We spend a whole lot of time instructing our children on the importance of sharing.
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