Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share!

RJ is having another bad day . . .

His teacher wants him to work on a report about Egyptian mummies with bossy Bernice, messy Frankie, and Norma (who just sits and picks her nose). After a frustrating school day with his “team,” RJ goes home to find only one cookie left in the jar. And his mom makes him share it with his sister!

With the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in the classroom and at home too!

This book is the fourth in Julia Cook’s award-winning series, BEST ME I Can Be!, that teaches kids social skills to help them be successful and happier both at home and in school.


Working as a Team

  • Encourage the concept of "teamwork" early. Work together to pick up toys; cook together and clean up the mess; wash the car as a team, etc. Show your child at an early age that working as a team can be fun and often is much easier than working alone.
  • Remind your child that "everyone is good at something, but nobody can be good at everything." Working as a team allows people to use their individual strengths to contribute to the whole cause.
  • Being a part of a team helps children develop better social interaction, collaboration and communication skills. Give children the opportunity to become part of a team by involving them in team sports, volunteer activities, music or dance lessons - anything that will encourage working cooperatively with others.


  • The concept of sharing may not yet have developed in children under the age two, but model the skill early by taking turns, sharing a toy or food with them.
  • Set a good example for your child. You are your child's coping instructor! Role-play sharing and couple the experiences with enjoyment and praise.
  • Call positive attention to the benefits of sharing by pointing out examples in your home, the environment or school whenever you can (for example, mama bird sharing with her babies, sharing the remote for the TV, sharing the care of a classroom pet).

For more information or to purchase this book please visit Julia Cook Online

About the Author...
Julia Cook
Julia Cook is an award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert.

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