Children and Pets
All kids love animals or sooner or later begin to beg their parents to a kitten, puppy or Guinea pig. But many adults see in the pet more problems than joy. So whether or not to get four-legged friend? We will try to list the pros and cons.
The role of animals in child development
Pet brings not only joy, but also has an impact on child development. If parents ask the child to care for animals, it teaches him to be organized and disciplined. Although the main advantage of pet is that it becomes a true friend, whom the child perceives as a companion and share with him their thoughts. Therefore, psychologists recommend to have a pet in families where the parents can’t spend much time with the child.
Communicating with your four-legged friend, kid constantly experiencing positive emotions. He learns to care for the animal and the environment in General. He realizes that there are beings weaker than him that need careful treatment and protection. In the end, it develops kindness, sense of beauty, and even social communication skills.
Duties of the child
Many parents agree to take in your pet house only on the condition that the child will take on the burden of worries about it. What really sposobnye in this case? If the kid is only 3-4 years, do not count on much help from his side. At first he will only be able to observe adults and then progressively engage in the nursing process. For example, 4-year-old child is able to change the water in the bowl and scoop food under your control, but it is unlikely that he can be trusted with washing the cage Guinea pigs. The situation does not change radically with age, even when the child reaches 5-6 years. However, he will be able to independently and regularly feed your pet, as well as, with your help, to clean the cage or change the bedding. If you really care that your pet is not time-consuming, it is better to have a parrot, aquarium fish, hamster or turtle.
But in the early school age (7-9 years) children can care for their four-legged friends almost on their own. Parents need only to recall that it is time to make (combing a pet, to wash his feet, to pour water, etc.). Some conscious kids already are walking with small dogs, if next to the house there is a convenient area for walking. In General, the child of this age it is possible to give a cat or dog. Just do not expect to pass on 100% cares about the animal, because your help will be required.
Before making a responsible decision about a new pet, you should weigh the possible cons. Apart from the already mentioned care that you somehow have to share with your child, you need to take into account monetary losses. Calculate whether you will have to enter in the monthly family budget rather big article associated with feed, care and visit to the veterinary clinic.
Also worth thinking about whether you housing to have a pet. For example, a large dog in a small apartment will be very closely, and you will be annoying that she constantly “walks behind you”, although she just needs a minimum freedom of movement.
In addition, the animal may be dangerous if the child is prone to allergies. Even assuming that in the early years the baby has never shown diathesis, before acquiring a pet it is advisable to go to an appointment with the pediatrician. Or he will dispel doubts of the parent, or provide the baby in skin tests by an allergist, as the negative reaction to the dander will be iron reason to refuse your furry friend.
Don’t forget that many animals become vectors of infection, so a pet needs from time to time led the planning techniques to the vet and be tested, to ensure animal health and safety for your child.
Of course, the pet will be the best gift for any kid. And if you do not see a compelling reason to abandon a pet at home, you can prepare for replenishment in the family!
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