How to encourage kids to take turns.
Often children find it difficult to take turns. It can be a skill they need to master, but one that is important. It’s also important to recognize that there are many different types of turn-taking. Taking a turn in a game is very different from taking a turn in a conversation, or with your favorite toy.
It may seem as simple as you-go-I-go, but it actually demands a lot of patience, control, and communication. In teaching our children to allow another to take a turn, we are actually instilling the qualities of equality and fairness within them. We only set our children up for success when we work with them on cooperative play and emotion control.
So where do you start? A great way to start is with a family group game including both adults and children. You can lead by example and make sure to always use language such as “Charlie’s turn now”. Show them the language that goes with turn-taking at a level they can understand.
Other tips to encourage turn taking at home:
Getting children to take turns without any push-back can be very difficult, but it’s definitely worth working on. No matter how much your child resists, don’t give up. Slowly they will begin to understand, and they will reap the emotional and social benefits in the future.
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