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Last week my son’s daycare had their annual Christmas party. He had to bring a gift to exchange with a boy from his class and I was told to buy something that my son would want because “sometimes the two-year-olds don’t like to share the gift they brought.”
My son has been doing OK in this area — participating in a weekly “bring your toy to share” day has helped, but I wondered if he would have a meltdown when asked to give away the present he carried through the front door. He did well and came home with a different gift than the one he brought.
Giving is such a key component to Christmas that I want to teach it early on. I did a couple of searches for toddlers and givng, but found mostly teaching toddlers how to share. While sharing is probably the first step to giving, I want to find ways to teach about giving at this time of year.