The different advantages of having a pet for your child

New Delhi: Love doesn’t need words, and love doesn’t care about shape and size either. The adage perfectly sums up the bond between a human and an animal. Pets perfectly encapsulate the notion of unconditional love since the relationship with them is filled with endless hours of hugs and joy. They give us affection, teach us responsibility and are the best stress relievers. Nothing could ever match their sheer feeling of sincerity. As a parent, who only wants the best for their child, what could be better than finding them a four-legged friend to help them grow and learn valuable life lessons? Here are some ways pets can enrich your child’s early years:

Pets help develop emotions and qualities in children: Animals depend on others for their needs, and caring for them is a great way for children to learn to care for them. When children see a dog running towards the door when he wants to get out, they wonder about their needs and how they can help them. And, when a child is able to meet their animal’s needs, they feel fulfilled and it also teaches them to take care of someone other than themselves. Apart from this, pets also help the child to learn basic emotions such as kindness, love, sympathy, responsibility and respect.

Children learn key life lessons: Owning a pet is a great way to teach your child about responsibility and empathy. If you have a pet, this allows you to teach your children about the impact of their actions on the animal. For example, if the child acts excessively with the animal, the dog may become uncomfortable. Thus, a child’s interaction with a pet will help him understand that his actions have consequences that can hurt someone.

This life lesson will help children develop empathy skills, enabling them to protect others from abuse and make them better human beings. In addition, they will develop an intolerance to cruelty to animals and reproduce the same behavior in all circumstances.

Interaction with pets improves the physical and emotional well-being of children: COVID-induced isolation and extended break from physical school affect a child’s physical and mental well-being. As a result, pets can make excellent companions for children. The simple act of snuggling up on the sofa with their beloved puppy or kitten or an animal of their choice can improve a child’s mood and reduce stress, as feel-good endorphins are released when they play. with animals. In addition, children understand that animals provide unconditional affection and that they can be themselves with pets. This sense of protection and security is essential to their physical and emotional well-being.

According to scientific research, Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) has a good impact on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Animals help to reduce loneliness, improve social behavior, reduce stress levels and bridge the gap between child and family.

Animals are true confidants: Animals are great listeners; they never interrupt or judge you, which makes a child feel more comfortable with them. Children love to read books to their pets, which helps them improve their reading skills while boosting their self-esteem. Animals are also good at keeping secrets and loving you for who you are. Children often talk to their pets, telling them secrets or any other thoughts that come to mind. Thus, the child finds a real confidant in animals.

Anatole France once said that “as long as you haven’t loved an animal, a part of its soul remains unawakened”. Therefore, it is necessary to think about creating a bond between children and animals from an early age, as it strengthens self-esteem, strengthens the sense of understanding, inculcates essential values, improves emotional intelligence and prepare them for life.

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Posted: Monday April 4th 2022, 07:00 IST

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