CHAPTER SevenNot Just YoursTeaching Your Child to Share

“TODAY IS ABOUT teaching the whales to share,” Clint announced. He’d had the trainers move a pair of killer whales into one pool for practice. Addressing the three trainees, he said, “Whales are like kids, in a way. They have to learn to share their toys and food and other things.” Clint gestured toward the whales, which were busy playing with the toys the trainers had tossed to them. “Also like young children, their goals are to get attention and acquire resources. So we have to teach them to share.”

The “toys” were truly whale-size. One was a fifty-five-gallon barrel. Another was a six-foot-diameter plastic ball. “We can’t even lift that,” Clint said, “but the whales toss it around like ...

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