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Who Is That Baby, and WHY Does He Have My Blanket?"

I have quite a few baby pictures of Little Guy, and yesterday he and I were looking at them together.  He did NOT believe me that the little baby in the picture was him, much like he refuses to believe that the pictures of me as a baby or little girl are actually "Mama".

In one of the pictures he had not one, but two blankets that he still has and uses.

He was dumbfounded as to why "That baby share my blankets."  Now it sounds like perhaps he was being sweet and thinking it was nice to share with the baby, but from his tone of voice, and the expression on his face, it was apparent that sharing his blankets with some baby was not a good idea.

Sharing is hard.  It seems especially hard when you are very small and seem to think that anything you have touched, is most certainly yours.

I took both the little ones (Little Guy is 2 and Z is 3) outside yesterday, and brought them both a "bicycle" (tricycle) to ride.  They rode around quite nicely at first, with only one small altercation, which was actually adorable.  Z told Little Guy to do something and by what she said, Little Guy though she wanted him to push her on the tricycle.  So he got off his tricycle, and tried to push her.  Apparently that was NOT what she intended, because she started screaming and yelling at him and trying to push him away*.  He fought with her for a little bit, then came over to me with a concerned look on his face and said "Z is crying."  I told him that she was crying because she didn't like what he was doing, and he went over (unprompted) and apologized to her.

"Z, come look the spider!"

Later they had an intense altercation or two over sharing the tricycles, which ended without bloodshed, but not without intervention.  It also ended with neither of them being allowed to use the tricycles.  There were two tricycles, but because Z had gotten off of the one she was riding to play with a jump rope, then been incredibly, irrationally angry when Little Guy switched over to the one she had been riding, things got real!

I don't necessarily love sharing either, but I tend to manage my emotions about it better than they do.  I don't usually run screaming to someone that touched my hair band, rip it out their hands and push them to the ground.

I have not figured out how to get them to share.  What are your tips and tricks for getting tiny kids to share, or at least not attempt murder because they want what the other kid has?

*I am trying out a new thing where I only intervene if they are being very rough, otherwise I let them figure it out.  They are fairly evenly matched, and I am always watching for it to get to intense.


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