“The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have”- Leonard Nimoy.
We share the earth with human and other species. Sharing is a vital life lesson we should teach our children. It’s our duty to imbibe values that egg on co-operation and giving out since childhood. Don’t force them, demonstrate them model sharing. Kids are possessive about their bags, clothes, colours, accessories, food even parents. When the second child is born, kids dislike sharing their parents with their siblings. If it’s difficult for you, seek help from teachers, schools, classes and various educational centers. Teach by examples the benefits of sharing through bedtime stories, examples, poems, your thoughts on givers, group activities, positive reinforcements, playing sharing games, positive reinforcements, songs, etc. Out of all, my favorite way is through narrating stories about sharing and co-operation. Narrating stories will help them to imagine the characters and boost their resourcefulness and listening skills.
Here are two rousing stories:-
1. Once a young girl Tanishka went to a small town with a priest. At the town people were quarrelsome and angry; when they asked for some proposals he immediately suggested them to stay together forever. When they reached another village, the environment was exactly the opposite. People loved, caring, joyful and cooperative. The priest blessed them and advised them to leave their town and spread out across. The surprised girl Tanishka asked the priest why he gave different advice to them. The priest said, “My girl, a few days ago, I read great words of Buddha which said, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”, he further added, and “Agrumentive people can never share happiness only joyful people can do that”. He concluded that sharing not just belongings and possessions but also cheerfulness multiples long-term satisfaction.
2. Here is a story of the greedy prince which I am sure we all must have read in our childhood. A little greedy prince had every toy he wanted but was never satisfied. He even wanted children of a poor family to share their toys with him. Once a toymaker came too his palace and promised to invent wonderful toys for him, in fact, a new toy every day. The prince was thrilled and excited but the toymaker asked the prince to promise that he will play with each toy every day to which he spontaneously agreed. For the first few weeks, the prince was super happy as he had a new toy each day and played with the older ones as well. But after a few months, the collection went on increasing and he had too many toys to play with. He had little time to sleep, eat, talk, bath, play outdoor games. In fact, he couldn’t get sufficient time to play with many toys which made the toy maker angry. One day, he noticed a few poor children happily playing with their toys. He called them to his palace and decided to share his toys with the needy ones, he even asked them to take each them home. The kids were delighted and so was the price. The prince enjoyed his few toys now and concentrated on other things.
Moral of the stories: – “Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”- Norman Mac Ewan.