We’re usually taught from an early age that sharing is an incredibly important value for young children to learn. After all, it’s almost impossible to participate in society without developing some measure of altruism, so it’s vital that kids learn the value of co-operation and fair exchange.
But do we invest too much value in this virtue? Are we teaching kids to share their own possessions at the expense of teaching them that their own belongings have an intrinsic value? One mother certainly seems to think so. This week this spirited mum took to Facebook to share her opinion, which is that little kids nowadays are being taught to overshare, and are intimidated by adults into giving up their stuff when they don’t want to.
When a group of kids at the local park approached Alanya Kolberg’s young son, Carson, and demanded that he share his toys with them, Alanya dealt with the situation in a way that some people might find unusual. Writing her post on the 19th of April, it was soon shared by over 2,000 other parents who all debated the issue themselves.