Many times when children get new toys, clothing or other objects, the owner may not want to share right away. Set a household policy to identify things that can be borrowed or shared by others and those that should be reserved for personal use. Each family member should:
1. Identify one or two special items. Discuss with family members why the objects are special and why they would rather not share the items.
2. Decide on a way to code the items so it is clear they are not available for borrowing/sharing. You could put ribbons or bows on them, store them on a special shelf, sew a symbol in clothing, etc.
3. Discuss and decide as a family the consequence for those who abuse another person's right to privacy.
Discipline With Purpose, Inc., 1997
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