I have always had a pet (or pets) and we all know I love animals (my 4 cats are proof)
When Emma contacted me about a guest post I was thrilled, because this is something I completely agree with. Having pets is something that we wanted the little chap to grow up with and learn from. He loves them and it has taught him so many life lessons already and he is only 4 (I won’t spoil Emma’s fun by going into too much detail, you will just have to read ahead). So here she is…
A Little About Emma
Emma is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. You can follow her on Twitter
Living with a pet can have a lot of benefits for everyone and especially children. Unconditional love, trust, loyalty and all other things that involve having an animal friend while growing up can considerably contribute to the proper social development of a child as well as a nicely shaped personality in adult years of life.
Sense of responsibility
Parents are often worried that a young child will soon get bored of a pet like they get bored of their toys but if they are given the opportunity to spend enough time with the pet, realize that it is a living being with needs and desires, they are more than likely to eagerly accept the role of a ‘care-taker’ and try to give their best to the pet. This is true for all children and small kids are definitely no exception. Especially with young kids, the need to be responsible by imitating their parents’ behavior will reflect positively on their relationship with a pet. By taking first steps of learning how to be good friends and owners to their animal friends, children will find it easier to show empathy and responsibility in other situations and with other people in their life.
With a pet by their side that always shows love, trust, compassion and loyalty, children will discover a completely new world of feelings that is not only related to their parents. This is very important for kids and especially those who are shy because they will find that it is not so scary to be open towards others and that kindness pays off. When they feel blessed with positive energy derived from a deep bond with a pet, kids will also try to show the same emotions to others, knowing how happy they can make them.
Enough physical activity
An active companion means an active child. Even kids who like to sit around the house all day are bound to seek the joys of adventure and physical activity when playing with a pet. Be it inside or outside, it is always good to have your child move around while having fun. Not only is this good for proper growth and muscle building, but it will also encourage creative development during the search of all the possible games the kid and the pet could play.
Not many people realize this, but if the complete responsibility for a pet is gradually given to a child they will take it more seriously than some adults. This will involve following the schedule for walks and feeding, getting interested in learning more about the pet and even talking to a vet independently, taking good care of all the necessary pet supplies for a satisfied and healthy animal and paying special attention to details regarding the baths, brushing, etc. All these activities lead to acquiring some great organization skills, patience and meticulousness that will really come in handy for any future endeavors.
Spending childhood years together with a pet is the best possible gift and favor parents can do for their kids. A pet is a real helper in raising a socially smart and confident child and will definitely be a part of many valuable lessons every child ought to learn without any pressure.