I received this blog post in my email the other day and I thought it was too good to not to share.
I can relate to this mom in regards to this situation. I have had moments when my kids wanted to pass along items to their friends. I would start thinking - "Will you want to play with that again?" "What if the person that gave that to you asks how you are enjoying it?" "Hey, I gave that to you." or "Hey, I made that for you. It took hours." Of course, all these thoughts stay in my head and most times I have allowed that item to be passed along.
I remember being a kid and watching my mom go through the same struggle with one of my brothers. He free gave anything away. At the time, I thought he was insane, but now he has grown into such a caring, generous man. I want my children to be just like him in this area, so I hold my tongue and allow them to gift things to their friends.
Here is the link to the post from Simple Mom regarding this topic: Honoring the spirit of generosity in our children.