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The best way to teach our children is to lead by example, but what if we haven’t yet mastered the art of said lesson. One of the most valued traits we can instill within our children is the ability to share. Whether we learned our skills from a street where monsters and humans walked, talked, and sang or from a giant dinosaur on a schoolyard, most of us have taken a spin around the sharing block. What I found out once I became a mother was that sharing this little person was going to be my biggest lesson in letting everyone have a turn.

I recall an incident that occurred a few weeks after my daughter was born while we were visiting her grandparents. A family friend came by and asked in a slightly odd way to hold my baby girl. Her question, “Leslie, who do you let hold your baby?” confused me a little and my initial response of, “No one” wasn’t well received or understood. Moments later, I realized it was her way of asking if she could hold her.

Having only had a few weeks under my belt in my new role, I hadn’t grasped that though this new life belonged to me, she belonged to other people as well. Now six years later, while I have grown accustomed to letting others pick her up I must admit there are still a few things I want all to myself.

Lessons in Sharing: What Moms Need to Learn Too

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