Aug 29, 2011  •  In Claire, Comang, Cute, Funny, Personal

Sharing is Caring

My cousin told me that when her daughter first entered preschool, and her teachers were attempting to teach her the concept of “sharing is caring,” she began to use it for her own advantage.

In other words, whenever she saw another child playing with a toy she liked, she would march on over, tell the poor kid, “Sharing is caring!” and take the toy for herself!  🙄

Since Claire and BebeDeux will only be 13 months apart in age, we have been hoping that they will learn to share at an early age without much intervention from us. But recent events are leading me to believe that perhaps Claire is already starting to grasp the idea…

A few days ago, as Claire sat on the couch playing with her toys, she got ahold of a nearby container of puffs and pried it open.

Since a bunch of the puffs spilled onto the couch before I could get to her, I decided that she might as well eat what she had spilled before I attempt to clean the mess.

Now, long time readers will know that one of the reasons we love Comang is due to his lack of interest in human food. Even if we place a plate of ribs in front of him, he will just sniff it and let it be (see the proof here).

This has changed in the recent months, as Claire began solids.

Don’t get me wrong — Comang still leaves J and my food alone. It’s just that he has developed a taste for Claire’s food (perhaps because so much of it ends up on the floor?): congee, Mum-Mums, puffs, and other various snacks. It is not unusual to find him following Claire as she buzzes around in her walker, dropping snacks in her path, or lurking under her high chair waiting for food to rain down from the sky.

(Sometimes, we will even call to him after Claire has finished eating to “vacuum” the mess on the floor.  :-P)

My new cell phone will arrive Wednesday. Until then, you will need to
continue to put up with my current one which takes bad photos.

Back to the story.

As soon as Claire began to eat the puffs on the couch, Comang walked on over and sat next to her, giving her his “please feed me” look.

And to my amazement, as Claire picked up the next puff, she handed it over to him!

Comang is still a bit scared of Claire, so he wouldn’t take it directly from her hand. Instead, he would wait until she dropped it in front of him, then gobbled it up.

Claire and Comang continued this routine — one puff for her, one puff for him — until all the puffs on the couch were gone.

Then can you guess what happened?

Comang, who was clearly not satisfied, gave Claire a “I want more” look.

Claire then grabbed her pacifier and tried to give that to him!

I could not stop laughing. At Comang’s reaction (which was a look that plainly stated, “What the heck is that? I don’t want that crap!”) or at Claire’s obvious confusion at his refusal of the pacifier.

As I’ve stated before, this tenth month of Claire’s life has definitely been the most fun. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next. 🙂

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17 Responses to “Sharing is Caring”

  1. Mina says:

    that is adorable! i once watched a video of a toddler eating yogurt–one scoop for her, the next for the dog, and back and forth. with the same spoon.

  2. So cute! I love that Claire is such a sharer 🙂

  3. Melissa H. says:

    What a cute sight that must have been to see Claire and Comang share a snack session! And the pacifier–that certainly made me laugh 🙂

  4. Allie says:

    Hahaha! Just you wait, Claire is going to be that little girl in the movies with an ice cream cone — one lick for her, one lick for Comang!

  5. schmei says:

    So cute! That reminds me of my little cousin, now 26 months, who loves toy cars. Any time he’s around another kid who gets upset and starts crying, he toddles over, offering a toy car: He knows they make him happy and he wants to cheer the other kid up!

    It seems that not every little kid is that natural at sharing, though… I think this means Claire will be a very good sister. 🙂

  6. kelsey says:

    That is SO cute!! Claire will be great with her new baby sister!

  7. Liz says:

    That is a super cute story.. wish you could’ve caught it on video!

  8. janieishme says:

    What an endearing post! Any mama’s got to be proud of a baby who knows how to share without explicit instruction (even if it’s simply feeding her pup puffs). I think this bodes extremely well for the sisterhood to come!

  9. Annie says:

    Hahaha I love Claire!

  10. Amanda says:

    Hahaha, that’s adorable!!

  11. Lol I love it! “Have my pacifier!” Our cats have a taste for human food- I am sure our future kiddos will end us sharing as well. 🙂

  12. Victoria says:

    So adorable. It made me laugh out loud. Hahaha

  13. LOVE it! Sharing *is* caring 🙂

  14. colleen says:

    Adorable! And glad your dog has figured out how to best game the system 🙂

  15. I love that they bond over sharing & food 🙂 So cute!

  16. Helene says:

    oh my…i laughed so hard that i still have tears in my eyes!

  17. Angela says:

    What an adorable, sweet daughter you have!

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