Once you have 2 mobile kids, discussions on sharing toys are as common as the phrase, “We don’t hit (kick, bite, lick, pinch, scrape, scratch, torture) each other.” They’ve actually started to understand the sharing concept. Brutus loves nothing more than to shove his binkie in someone else’s mouth, and Boo thinks she’s hilarious when she uses his bottle to act like a baby. Actually, in the bathtub they’ve started passing toys to each other—from one mouth to another. It’s close enough to French kissing to make my husband uncomfortable. They begrudgingly share toys, food, blankets, and stuffed animals with only sporadic down-and-out fights.
And I’ve had it! There will be NO MORE SHARING in this house. The new rule is that your toys are your own and whoever gets to it first, gets it. There will be screaming! There will be tantrums! There will be hurt feelings!
But, at least there won’t be a constant cold being passed around! If one of my kids gets sick, it’s basically impossible to keep the other from catching it. Toys, food, and fingers go from one mouth to the next and back again. It’s a cycle of sharing and sickness. I can disinfect all I want and I still can’t keep away the colds when they insist on passing things back and forth in a germtastic collision of sticky fingers. So, the sharing has to stop!
It’s over-rated anyway, right?