Who was the brilliant parent who discovered how to teach children to share by giving them the responsibility of dividing the goodies? I came late to this lesson but am still amazed at the look on the childrens’ faces the first time I used this technique.
There’s one piece of cake left and two children who want it:
Me: OK – Child #1, you divide the cake in half. (I watched the munchkin grin as the cake was divided into two pieces, one obviously larger than the other.)
Me: OK – Child #2, you choose which piece you want.
Child #1 – That’s not fair!
And, ever after, when those two children were asked to share anything you can bet it was divided with surgical precision.