January 20, 2016
This was really the first time that Mabel has gotten her own toy- something completely different from what Abigail got, and frankly, something that Abigail thought was awesome and wanted to play with too.
Except, it wasn’t her Christmas present.
So, this is actually a kind of unusual ask for advice/help type blog post!
How do you handle sharing between siblings?
Because at first I was letting them play together and oh yay how cute! But, quickly, Abigail was trading out the toys from Mabel’s hands(in true big sister style) for crappy little toys instead.
Or, perhaps a bottle of vaseline that was close by.
So, here’s the thing. Mabel could seriously not care less at this point. She was just as happy to nom on a bottle of petroleum jelly as she was a FP horse(#winning). But one of the biggest aspects of my personality craves justice and fairness. And it drives me absolutely bonkers watching her getting tricked out of playing with HER toys by a smarter and bigger sister.
I also don’t want to set the precedent that Abigail can just railroad her way into playing with what she wants just because she can and that some things aren’t hers…..buttttttt we also promote sharing everything that we have. SO, how do I reconcile that?
And basically, how do I best prevent having to be a toy referee for the rest of my life? Because I know full well that Mabel won’t be happy with a bottle of petroleum jelly for much longer.
I’m not kidding you, one evening I left to go switch the laundry and came back to Mabel sitting with a COMPLETELY EMPTY BARN(not that she even cared). Abigail had taken every single piece of farm Grinch style to play with off somewhere else. So I asked her if she would give her sister ONE animal to play with, and she seriously didn’t want to do it! She was offering up all sorts of other toys she could give her instead. Reluctantly she gave her one piece…..and that’s what brings me here.
So, advice? Anyone?
But, PS. Aren’t they so stinking cute, tho?
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