The selfish nature of children

Despite the availability of a multiplicity of desirable toys, children often gravitate to wanting to play with the same toy at the same time.  If one child wants to play the Play Station, all the children are suddenly interested in doing the same thing quickly abandoning whatever had previously held their attention. This is human nature playing itself out in the children.

The famous saying states that the grass is always greener on the other side.  People have a propensity to think that what someone else has or is doing is more desirable than what they have or are doing. They will abandon their own desire to participate in the desire of another so that they do not loose out on something better. Children start this at a young age. 

Parents and children workers will often see the children fighting for rights to one toy rather than being content to play with something else. Moreover, we are motivated in our society to not wait for what we want. The best way to help children overcome this human propensity is to teach them to consider others more important than themselves.

Thus, it does not matter if the grass is indeed greener on the other side, they need to respect other people and want what is best for them. So if Johnny wants to utilize the Play Station uninterrupted, then the other children should not fight to take it from him. Johnny should also care about the other children and render the controller to them in a fair amount of time thereby sharing it. 

Children will often exhibit a selfishness that if left unrestrained, will fester into quiet a problem as they age. Parents can use these fights over toys to help their children understand how to treat others right. If a child is always grabbing everything up for himself, then there is a problem that needs working out.  If a child is always discontent with what he has and wants what the other child has, then that needs to be addressed.

Just the same, this does not always mean punishment. Teach the child the way that he should go and he will not depart from it. Instruct wisely and reserve punishment for instances of rebellion. Have the child apologize to the other child if he has infringed upon him. Teach love, forgiveness, self-control, and kindness.  Practice this in your life and the child will learn that this is the better way and live accordingly. Next time all the children are vying for the same toy use it as an object lesson to teach them these things.