To the mother who told her child it was okay not to share his toys  on the playground, I understand where she is coming from. As a child, every time I shared items with others they were returned damaged.  This taught me to be careful with whom I let borrow my possessions .

This doesn’t mean I never share, but the mother makes a point about boundaries.  Setting limits is important and not everything in life is about inclusion .

Being taught to respect other’s feelings and property is important and when someone says they don’t want to participate in something,  this needs to be listened to and adhered to. This goes for personal items and your body.

Sharing is fine, and children should learn to work with others,  but that doesn mean consent should be or is automatic.


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