with hat said, we should keep in mind that does not mean our children are automatically required to hand something over to someone just because it’s demanded (unless, of course, we’re talking about the law).
This particular mom says:
“There have been numerous times when my 3- and almost 2-year-old boys have seen another kid with a toy at the playground and wanted to have it. No matter how hard they kicked, screamed, or pleaded, I’ve always reminded them it’s not their toy, and I’ve never thought the child who said no was being rude. (Who knows if the child is simply having a bad day, has a special need, or has a problem sharing things with people he or she doesn’t know?)
It would be one thing if a child wasn’t sharing public property — like a swing or slide — but it’s a completely different story if my kids want to use someone else’s personal item. Because, at the end of the day, that child doesn’t have to share said item.”