Why it's not wise to demand that your child shares

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Why it's not wise to demand that your child shares

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The problem that a child shares what's theirs is simply that it's disrespectful. You don't foster generosity in children by demanding that they share their things. In fact, the opposite is true. If I feel like I'm going to be forced to share my things, I'm going to hold on to them more tightly whenever I can. Which is not to say that parents shouldn't foster generosity. We absolutely should foster generosity, but it needs to be authentic. We need to be able to distinguish between authentic generosity and forced sharing. As adults, we're not forced to share things. It's great when we do, but we are not forced to. I think we don't force children to because it's disrespectful.

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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