Pets and children
Pets are part of the lives of many children. Parent involvement, open discussion and planning, it is usually necessary to help the child to have a positive experience owning a pet.
A child who learn to care for their animals, be kind to him and patient, gain experience and learn to treat people the same way. Irresponsible attitude to the animal is harmed and the child and the animal.
Choosing an appropriate animal
Despite the fact that any animal can bring the child pleasure, it is important to choose the right animal for your family, your home and your lifestyle. As well as this, for you will be able to care for your child.
You should seriously consider the establishment of exotic and unusual animals, caring for them can be quite difficult.
Care for animals
Caring for an animal helps a child to develop communication skills. However, the basic principles are as follows:
Young children (3-4 years old) can’t control their aggression and anger, so should be supervised by parents when in contact with animals.
Children (under 10 years) are not always able to take care of your animal yourself.
Parents should supervise the care of the animal, even if they believe that their child is old enough sustaniability about the pet.
If the child was irresponsible in relation to the animal, the parents have to take care of themselves.
The child needs quiet, not abusing it to remind that animals are like people in need of food, water and exercise
Parents carry role model behavior for your child, so the child learns responsibility for a pet, watching their parents.
Give the child a pet
Children who grew up with a pet has many advantages. Establishing a good relationship with your pet boosts a child’s self-esteem and confidence and helps to establish a trusting relationship with people.
A good relationship with animals develops non-verbal communication, sense of ownership and compassion.
Children talk to their Pets, tell them your innermost thoughts and secrets, as well as his soft toys.
Animals teach children lessons about life, birth, illnesses, accidents, death and bereavement.
They develop a responsible attitude in children that they are cared for.
It establishes the connection of the child with nature.
Learn to respect others.
Other physical and emotional aspects gained from animals:
A feeling of comfort
Love, loyalty and affection
Experience with loss if a pet was lost or died.
Although most children are gentle and appropriate with Pets, some may be too hard or even violent.
If this behavior persists, you should show the child psychiatrist, as a signal of serious emotional problems in the child.
Domestic animal: an emotional support and companionship for children aged 9 to 13 years
A study was conducted which aimed to identify the relationship between academic performance and the degree of social adaptation, by getting the help you need, when the child is in a difficult situation, the level of loneliness. The study was conducted on a group of 330 children aged 9 to 13 years. To answer the question the children were divided into groups of 5-6 people. They were invited to Express themselves by using four questionnaires. Focused on the following factors: gender, education, socio-economic environment.
The results of the study, children with poor academic performance to a greater extent feel lonely, have few friends, not looking for help when they are sad or need to solve a problem. Children with good academic performance, in contrast, noted the presence of friends or Pets (dogs or cats). When these children experience a temporary discomfort or a feeling of loneliness, they seek support from their Pets, emotional support ( someone who listens, protects and shows his appreciation).
The question arises why children with poor academic performance, do not use Pets when they are experiencing difficulties in relationships with their peers. Even if the family has a pet, the sex of the baby and the environment often affect the result: in some cases, girls are more likely to turn to animals than boys. Children from wealthier families increasingly are turning to Pets than children from less affluent families.
The results of the study showed that the presence of the family pet significantly affects the academic performance of children in primary schools.