Saturday, March 6, 2010

Can babies share?

From: Harriet

Subject: Age for sharing

Question: Around what age would a child be expected to "share" an object? For example, to put a pacifier in someone else's mouth, to hand a book to someone, or to shake someone's hand when the person is holding a rattle?



Answer: Dear Harriet,

This is a great question! Children do not really understand because their brain needs to develop, the concept of sharing until around age 4. Up to this point they are mostly capable of parallel play. Playing next to one another.

I have some great recommended reads about babies and toddlers on my blog. Click on the menu tab that says, "Recommended Readings," then scroll to the widget for babies!

Enjoy!


M Kay Keller