Are Pets Children’s Best Friend?
Your child wants to get a pet, but you’re hesitant to give in to their request for many reasons: Who will take it for walks? Who will feed it? Who will clean up after it? Who will carry it to the vet for its vaccines? It’s important to make your child see the reality of the situation: “Do you want a kitten or a rabbit? Ok, but it’s going to be your responsibility to take care of it.” Your child will promise, but don’t expect a full commitment. If you’re ready to take care of it yourself, grant them their wish. Although a pet may not be mandatory for your child’s development, it can be very useful.
- A pet in the house will make social life easier for your child; it will be their best friend and help children to open up to the outside world. It also reduces their stress and worry and makes them happier and more enthusiastic.
- A pet calms and reassures a child when they feel lonely or sad. A child will hold their kitten or rabbit, and the animal will interact with them, and within a few minutes, the child has forgotten their concerns and started to play with their little friend again.
- A pet is the best companion for sick, introverted, and learning-disabled children.
- It’s also ideal for only children and kids suffering from the divorce of their parents; it fills their empty world and compensates them for the companions their age they often lack. A child usually talks to their kitten, pets it, and feels warm and caring and always very happy to play with it.
- A pet stimulates your child’s language function when they have to speak to it and give it orders: “Sit, come, bring me the ball.” This will facilitate your child’s integration with the outside world, as it reduces shyness and allows them to speak easily with others.
A pet teaches your child to take care of those around them, respect them, and trust them. It also develops their ability to take on responsibility and engage in society. A pet is primarily a means of communication, and children readily acknowledge that pets help them make friends.