Whether it’s a dog, cat, pig or horse, if it’s your pet, you love it more than you do yourself. That’s the story of almost every pet lover. But did you know a pet does a lot more than making you go ‘aww…’? Yes, pets can teach your kids some amazing life lessons. Wondering what Life Lessons a pet can teach your kids? Read on to find out –
Life Lessons a Pet can Teach your Kids
Learning to be responsible:
It’s highly important to make your child understand the value of taking responsibility. But it’s often difficult for people to make kids understand this. First because kids’ level of understanding is low. Secondly, out of ignorance or negligence. Whether you do or not, your pet does teach your child the importance of responsibility with its actions.
One of the most important Life Lessons a pet can teach your kids is trust. When your kids play with your pet and never get harmed by it, despite its razor sharp teeth and nails, they develop a kind of trust towards the pet. They understand that it’s important to trust someone in return who trusts you so much.
Although there are many Life Lessons a pet can teach your kids, one lesson that they never forget is to have compassion for others. When your kids stay with your pet day in and day out, they naturally fall in love with it and begin caring for it. Bringing it food, caressing its hair and taking care of its needs are some of the things your kids begin to do, through which they learn the value and importance of compassion.
When a pet passes away, your children feel the pain of bereavement. And while they do so, they realize the importance of relationships, and how important it is to value a relationship. Not glaringly, but this happens in an extremely subtle manner.
Respect is key:
Most of the time your kids play with your pet, they annoy it and pull its leg. But the moment it falls asleep, they refrain from disturbing it. Yes, this mostly happens because parents tell their kids why it’s not good to wake up someone who is sleeping, but they agree to follow it only because they respect the needs and desires of the pet. A child also knows that the strokes of love on the pet’s body need to be gentle, so that the pet doesn’t get hurt.
The self esteem gets a boost:
When pets show unconditional love and importance towards your kids, they feel important and a sense of self esteem gets inculcated in them. And a sense of self-esteem is important for a child to grow as an independent individual.
Engaging in more physical activity:
Animals are as restless as you kids are. So, when your kids run around following your pet, they end up doing a lot of exercise, which keeps them fit and healthy. Eventually, as they grow up, they will learn the importance of being physically active.
Learning to be patient:
Patience is something animals are famous for. And when your kids associate with your pet, they learn to be patient. And your child is going to need patience at every stage of life.
Pets are indeed adorable and the above mentioned are definitely some of the most amazing Life Lessons a pet can teach your kids. And these lessons that kids learn from pets, are often retained by them forever. If you have a pet, thank it for everything it has given your kid; and if you don’t have, consider having one soon. They are a blessing wrapped in fur!