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While most children are encouraged to share their toys, one mum has claimed that sharing is akin to stealing and admitted she instructs her daughter to hold on to her toys.
Laura Mazza thinks that children learning that they don't always have to share their toys teaches them the power of saying no.
Mum to Luca, six, Sofia, four, and two-year-old James, the Australian posted her seemingly controversial thoughts to her Instagram page.
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Her daughter, who has autism, is especially attached to a particular toy which she was recently asked to share with other children at the playground.
The parent of the other child simply said "sharing is caring"and allowed her little one to run away with Laura’s daughter’s prized toy.
Laura called sharing in this instance, "socially acceptable theft."
The mum-of-three explained: “I didn’t hear what the mother said initially but she finished off with ‘sharing is caring’.
“So the kids went up to my daughter, echoed what their mother had said and snatched Mousey off Sofia.
“Sofia looked right at me with sadness in her eyes. My heart begun to race and I went over to them and gently asked to return it, looking at their mothers as I said it.
“The girl said to me ‘but I want it so she has to share’.
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“And I said ‘actually she doesn’t, it is hers, if she doesn’t want to share, she doesn’t have to’.”
Laura defended her decision and compared the experience to an adult snatching your iPhone out your hands while you are using it.
She added: “Maybe I’m sounding like a monster but here’s my view. Sharing is a socially accepted form of theft and my child does not need to share with you.
“If I was out, on my phone, and another adult liked the features of my phone better than theirs – can they just snatch it out of my hands? ‘Sharing is caring!’ And yoink! No.”
“No well functioning law obeying adult would dare to do that. It’s my property.”
“I have always struggled with saying no & this is one way I will teach my children to by encouraging them to say no.”
And mum of five Kerry Katona agrees, exclusively telling OK!: “I 100 per cent agree with her. I do think kids should share their toys at home but if they’re in the playground and a toy is taken off them, I don’t think that’s right.
"In this case, the mum explained her daughter is on the spectrum and her toy was her comforter, so I’d do exactly the same as the mother and march over and take it back! Good on her.
Kerry added: "If that toy is her comforter, then it’s like a kid stealing someone else’s dummy and putting it in their mouth. I’ve always followed the sharing is caring philosophy and I do think ‘theft’ is a strong word, but in this case I’m 100 per cent with her.”
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