Being a parent, you are already well acquainted with that special bond that forms between animals and children. Not only are children naturally drawn to animals, but having a pet really helps them open up if they are shy, and become more confident.
If you do not have a pet, your child probably begs you to get one, and you are probably resisting. We would like to offer you a good reason to reconsider your no-pets policy.
More than a toy
Yes, pets are soft, furry, and fluffy; but their role is much greater than being cuddly and sweet. When there is a problem at school, with peers, or even if parents are fighting and splitting up, children are more likely to retreat and spend some time talking to their pets. This is because they form a beautiful bond and children feel safe around them, sometimes even safer and more relaxed with pets than with their school friends and siblings.
Quiet and reliable
When they grow up with a dog, they learn about animals, but also about love and devotion from another source. They experience love like no other in the world: love of a pet and love for a pet. They have spent numerous days playing together, walking, running, and cuddling; and when there is something that troubles your child, they will turn to their silent, yet reliable, pet for support. It doesn’t matter if their dog cannot answer back, it doesn’t even matter that they don’t understand what is being said, simply talking to someone they love that much will help with the burden they are carrying.
The bond children form with their dog is deep and strong, and it is rooted in the feeling that someone depends on them and loves them unconditionally. Choices become tougher than they ever were before: Is this squeaky toy better than the one that rattles? Should I buy then Pedigree canned food alone or should I add protective nexgard for dogs which will take care of ticks as well? While they may not spend a lot of time thinking about themselves, they will spend hours researching what is best for their pet, because they know their dogs trust them and depend on them, and that kind of responsibility is empowering.
Supportive and friendly
Perhaps you have noticed how intrigued little children are with pets, how openly they approach them, and start a casual conversation with them like it’s no big deal. Children who are still learning to talk will spend hours chatting with their dogs and cats, and it works too because an animal will be a good listener they will not be ashamed of. Similarly, when they start reading, children will read to a pet without anxiety because they know that pets will not mock them if they make a mistake.
Children with pets are more emotionally stable, more responsible, and in general a lot healthier than children who don’t have pets. Allowing children to have pets will teach them to take good care of somebody else and become less self-centered, and that is something parents should always strive to achieve.
About the author:
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. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson