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Old 07-24-09, 12:24 PM
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Question Possessive

How do you teach a 3 year old to not be so possessive over everything?

We were at the park the other day and my dd was playing on the slides. She saw another little girl (14 months) pick up her bucket and she freaked out. (We don't normally take anything to the park because Cora can't seem to handle those kinds of moments. She really loses it!)

My dd is also very possessive over toys at home too. She's constantly grabbing things right before her brother, putting things up high on tables so he can't reach, and taking things and running away from her brother. It's exhausting! Please someone tell me this will end or not be such a HUGE part of every day!!!
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Old 07-24-09, 12:46 PM
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It's definitely a phase. She'll outgrow it...eventually.
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Old 07-24-09, 09:27 PM
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I found it helps to force the issue a bit. Once my sons saw that their toys weren't being taken and we were just taking turns it got much easier. It's just a phase and something they have to learn.
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Old 07-27-09, 11:45 PM
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Marek is possessive too. I think it's just part of being three, but I've had luck with him sharing at the park. There are times we've gone to the park without sand toys, and he's gotten to use others' toys, so I let him know that we share too when we have our toys. I also require that he gives Lukas something to play with when we're playing at home. Like if Lukas is playing with a ball that Marek wants, I ask him which ball is Lukas's and make sure he brings that one over and gives it to him.

It's a long haul, though. I'm sure it's just going to take time with both of them.
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