Sharing can be a funny thing with children. To one, the suggestion may be met with smiles and the opportunity for warm fuzzy feelings, for others it can be like you’ve just suggested they gather all their belongings to burn them in a bonfire. Along with a few of their limbs. I’ve got both types of children. I get so much joy out of encouraging my natural sharer – it’s so much easier when your encouragement is met with enthusiasm! But boy oh boy, it’s tricky trying to encourage the other. You know what they say, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Or like it. Or control the potential freak out, or at the very least, the huffiness. As with all parenting, fostering good character often takes a different approach with each child, so I try to find ways to encourage him that will appeal to him.
Can you pick some apple to share? Rather than a generic share, it gives him a sense of control, and ownership in the action. Rather than leading him to water, I’m getting him to pick which watering hole, and it makes all the difference.
Another biggie? Setting the example. What’s that other quote? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” In your little world.
Listening to the radio last week, there was a segment on the share economy and a special event that is coming up this weekend.
June 1st (tomorrow) is Global Sharing Day. This is the third year this initiative, which celebrates the share economy, has been run. Last year, the theme was sharing food. 4.62 million people shared food across the world. Inspiring, yes? This years theme is neighbourhood sharing, with the goal of connecting communities together through sharing anything from skills, to food, or just stuff in general.
I’m a little late to the global party tomorrow, but thankfully a rep from the Aussie group TuShare was also on the program, talking about what they’re doing to mark the event: their first ever Flash Share. Their goal is to get people to share 5000 items over five days, starting on Global Sharing Day. So phew. We’ve still got a bit of time. (Not that, of course, this should be a once year thing, but it’s certainly motivating and uplifting to get involved in a mass act of goodness!).
Once I started looking into it, I found plenty of other people already gearing up for this (as is often the way with these things!), and so you can read about some other bloggers getting involved, with Steph here and Jodi here.
Beyond this, City Hippy Farm Girl posted a great list of collective consumption sites here. It’s well worth a visit/read.
Now to start decluttering and finding some things to pass on. We might start with the toys… No, maybe something of my own. I’m setting the example after all.
Have you had much to do with the share economy? A spectacular find on airbnb, or something involving skill-sharing maybe?