Saturday, December 29, 2012
I remember reading an article several years ago, probably in a parenting magazine or some such. It was about children and new stuff.
The article recommended against having children open birthday gifts with a bunch of other kids around, like at a birthday party. Save the opening of gifts for a later time, after the little partiers had left. The reasoning was that, the other kids would most naturally want to play with all of the new stuff too, but the birthday boy or girl wouldn't be ready to share.
"Making" the kid share would only cause more disruption. There needs to be ample time for the child to make the new thing rightfully his. A period of "imprinting" before the child is ready to share.
Sounded sensible to me. I don't think that's true just for kids either.
This week's Illustration Friday prompt is "New". I pondered what to illustrate. My new iPod is a pretty boring subject. Then I thought of the new Element.
I finally let Wolfgang drive it this week, after much prodding.
I guess I was ready to share.