Little-known benefits of having children care for and play with pets

29 Oct 2021 by Khánh Phạm

Pets like dogs and cats are pets, closest to every family. They can be considered “close friends” more than toys for children. Especially in the context of the current epidemic, children are little or no participation in outdoor entertainment activities, do not have contact with friends, and have to stay at home often, dogs and cats play a role in bringing laughter to the children.

The purpose of keeping pets and making friends with them is not only to make them happier, have more fun, eliminate the feelings of boredom, loneliness when no one is playing with, when parents are busy, but also many other great benefits that we may not know or not pay attention to such as:

Help children form a sense of responsibility

When you depend on your age and ability to allow you to participate in the process of raising dogs and cats, this is an opportunity to form a responsible spirit of life with what you do. Like if you’re young, you can put water or food in a bowl, or when you’re a little older, you can allow them to wash them or take them for a walk. Later, you will take the initiative to take care of the pet to your ability.

However, it should be noted that under any circumstances, mothers or fathers must always and observe their children. Because pets such as dogs and cats are always close, friendly to their owners but can still attack them at any time. Moreover, they often do not clean, wash their hands before eating, accidentally put their hands to their mouths, or hug dogs and cats carelessly leading to bacterial infections, or dangerous parasitic diseases, worms, helminths,… Actively monitoring, and being with your children is essential, avoiding unfortunate consequences.

Let your child know that pets, like you, need to be eaten, drunk, petted, taken care of, also played, slept, taught. When you take care of your pet, in the awareness will form the thought that you have to be responsible for that animal. Taking care of your pet will also help your child know how to care for herself.

Help your child have empathy and love, sharing

Seeing how dads and moms take care of and love themselves and when taking care of pets with their hands will help children have empathy for animals, giving their love to them in the same way that parents have loved for them. me. Have you ever noticed how your children feel “sorry”, how sad they even burst into tears or dissuade their parents from hitting their pet? Do your children share their own pet food?

Children perceive the animals’ own emotions as if they were happy, sad, or scared. Thereby, children can adjust their behavior in a positive way such as petting a pet when they are sad, when the pet is playing with them, the child will also laugh in a happy way.

The longer the attachment to the animal develops over time in the female’s different views of the living things around. That is the love of animals, and the whole nature  in young souls when they grow up and mature. Something that not all of us adults have. Observe but do not forbid your children from sharing pet food, as they are showing their affection for them.

Helps stimulate the immune system

Children who grow up in homes with pets have a lower risk of common allergies and asthma. Studies by the US NIAID have shown that children with moderate exposure to two or more dogs or cats as babies are half as likely to develop common allergies as children without home pets. Children with pets test less positively for indoor allergens — like pet allergens and dust mites — and also for other outdoor allergens like ragweed.

Research shows that children who grow up in homes with pets are more likely to have stronger immune systems and are less prone to allergies and asthma. Research conducted by health psychologist Dr. June McNicholas of the University of Warwick and pharmaceutical company Novartis Animal Health tested the saliva of 138 children aged 4 to 11 years for IgA antibodies – a types of antibodies found in the immune system that help fight infection. The results showed that kids with pets were better able to fight off infections like colds and flu than kids without pets.

Help your children communicate better

Spending time with pets makes it easier for children to acquire language and improve their communication skills. Children often not only play with pets, but also talk to them in their own way. This is a great way for children to practice what they hear, see, and learn in school. If mothers and fathers are always beside and instruct their children, or talk with their children with pets, their confidence in communication will increase, and they will not be shy when speaking in class.

Help them learn to control themselves, be patient and calm

Pets are not always as docile as we would like them to be. Sometimes they get too excited, jump/bark too much, get lazy, scratch, bite or destroy things. Mothers, please handle it calmly in front of your children, this is an opportunity to teach them patience. No matter how tired or frustrated we are, let’s calm down and control ourselves because children often observe the actions of adults to learn from them. For example, children will learn to speak softly, calmly but firmly with their pets, calmly handle situations, know what to do instead of yelling, yelling, hitting or throwing tantrums at them. animals.

Children with their pets may feel more comfortable around other people, tending to turn to their pets when feeling sad, angry, or upset. Pets often bring a sense of peace and calm to children.

Help your children understand discipline and leadership

Talking about pets, although it is a joy for children, it is also a sadness for us adults, because often they do not listen, “pee” in the house – is the biggest headache, eating and drinking. orderly, loudly at night, etc. Show your children how you teach your pets, how to make them listen to you, but not with “violence” that scares them, but in smart ways. The children will follow and find ways to train their pets to obey their commands, thereby gradually forming discipline and leadership in themselves.

Actively moving instead of sitting still

Pets, especially dogs, often never lie in one place forever, but often run around, the children will run after them and play with them as a way of exercise, just to laugh and laugh after stressful studying hours. , especially to help children stay away from electronic devices such as smartphones.

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