Animals have accompanied people since ancient times. The rock paintings of ancient people eloquently tell us about this. The influence of animals on the psyche and behavior of children has been known for a long time. Most children love animals and dream of having a four-legged friend. And this is a good reason to teach your child to be kind, caring and responsible.
Our article is intended for those who are thinking about the advisability of acquiring a pet for their child. Let's talk about the impact of animals on parenting in more detail.
1. Pets give unconditional love
Pets give the child an understanding of what unconditional love is and do not demand anything in return. This is especially important for children who are single or who are in competition with siblings. Children talk a lot with their pets, imagining that they are answering them, and listen to the child's problems without judgment. Thus, the child is almost never left alone, he always has a faithful friend to play. The toddler quickly develops a deep bond with his pet and learns compassion, care and love.
2. The child will learn to cope with his anger and fear
To live among people, a child must learn to control his negative emotions, aggressive impulses. Sometimes it is difficult for a child to cope with his negative emotions, and he may project them onto other children. Since the pet will love your child, no matter what he says, he will be able to find a friend in him to share his fears and anger. Communication with the animal increases his self-esteem, which can be extremely important. In closed, timid, indecisive children, a cat or a dog often replaces a friend: they are trusted with secrets, sadness and joy.
3. The pet will teach empathy
Empathy - understanding the emotional state of another person through empathy, penetration into his subjective world. Taking care of pets that they need teaches care and compassion. Your child is learning to recognize your pet's needs: is he hungry? Does he need to go outside? Perhaps the pet is afraid of noise, rain, snow, or needs petting.
The presence of an animal in the house makes us and children kinder and more sympathetic. People who are prone to misconduct do not have empathy. And she is so lacking in the modern world.
4. A pet teaches responsibility
Children who have a four-legged friend will be happy to look after him. This will help them become responsible. Already at the age of three, children can perform simple tasks, pour water into the drinker, pour food. A little later, they will be able to keep the cage or litter box clean and walk the pet. It has been proven that children with experience of caring for animals are practically not prone to cruelty and violence.
5. The child acquires verbal skills faster
You have probably seen small children who are just learning to speak, but are already trying to chat with an animal. Trying to reproduce the sounds of meow or growl, the whistle of a bird or the squeak of a hamster, the baby starts to speak faster, and complex letters are already easier for him. Thus, pets not only provide social and emotional support, but also aid in speech development. The mere presence of a pet provides verbal stimulus to help your child practice speaking and communicating with another creature.
6. Pets have a curative effect
Many studies have shown that children with pets are much healthier than children without pets. Scientists have proven the positive effect of animals on humans, they help to lower blood pressure, accelerate recovery time, reduce stress and anxiety. There are even methods for treating a number of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and such serious diseases as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism. Children with similar diseases are characterized by isolation, isolation from life in general and peers in particular, emotional lethargy, apathy. For them, an animal is both a friend and a doctor.
If you decide to have a pet at a family council, you should understand that most of the problems will fall on your shoulders.
Before you have a pet, you need to check your child and all family members for the tolerance of dog or cat hair, so that allergies do not appear later and you do not have to say goodbye to a family member of the family.
How will the temperament and character of your child be combined with the character of the pet? Active children will be happy with the dog. Children who are prone to melancholy get along well with fish and cats. Calm and quiet children are suitable for cats, birds, rodents.
Do not forget about the funds that will go to the vet, food, the procedure for transporting animals, or who will stay with him when you go on vacation.
Constant communication with the animal helps the child grow up curious and sensitive to the world around him. This inextricable connection with nature will last for life.