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Love & Sharing

Today’s book suggestion is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 

The Giving Tree is and American classic by Shel Silverstein that demonstrates the importance of unconditional love. As parents and caregivers we often feel like the “Tree” in the story and that the constant sacrifices we are making for our children and family can feel over looked at times. The Giving Tree is a great reminder that unconditional love means not always getting a verbal “thank you” but rather embracing the gratification of unspoken appreciation (an important life lesson for our little ones).


How to teach toddlers to share

  1. Practice turn-taking
  2. Praise your toddler when you see her sharing
  3. Don’t punish your toddler for not sharing
  4. Model sharing behavior yourself
  5. Avoid labeling possessions
  6. Make toys communal
  7. Don’t solve your toddler’s social conflicts

“All Fun & Books” is a weekly post from Sara, Dunebrook’s Public Education Coordinator. She is the mother of three-year-old twin girls.

At Dunebrook we invite parents to be the best parents possible.  In the spirit of trust, kindness and experience, we can be there with them and support them, and their children and entire family. 

We’re just a phone call away! 1-800-897-0007

Public Education and Our Community:

The key to keeping children safe is prevention education. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education.

Sounds good…what do I do next:

  • Call or email Sara Hoyt at 874-0007, sara@dunebrook.orgto receive specific information about our sexual abuse prevention trainings and parenting support groups.

Our prevention trainings and support groups are free and serve a variety of different settings.  We’ve been funded for over 30 years by the generosity of community grants, fundraising support and some federal program funding.