From the moment we come into this world, our parents, teachers and even media instill lessons in us that we carry through the rest of our lives.
The concept of "sharing is caring" is a good example of a behavior that has been ingrained in us from a young age. But, do you ever stop to think that perhaps we might have gotten it wrong?
In a Facebook post that's been circulating the internet, one mom is challenging the norm and teaching her son not to feel obliged to share and she provides a very interesting explanation for her parenting choice.
Alanya Kolberg wants to raise her son Caron, 6, into an independent adult who knows how to set boundaries and say "no" when appropriate.
"The goal is to teach our children how to function as adults. While I do know some adults who clearly never learned how to share as children, I know far more who don't know how to say no to people, or how to set boundaries, or how to practice self-care. Myself included," wrote Alanya.
She described a recent incident at the park where her son was "visibly overwhelmed" and "uncomfortable" after some kids demanded that he share his toys but he couldn't stand up to them without her aid.
"You can tell them no, Carson," Alanya advised. "Just say no. You don't have to say anything else."
Of course her reaction upset the kids and parents at the park but Alanya didn't let that bother her because had it been a situation involving only adults, it would not be as big of a deal.
"If I, an adult, walked into the park eating a sandwich, am I required to share my sandwich with strangers in the park? No!" wrote the mom.
You can read Alanya's entire post on the next page.