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Years ago, when my daughter was about 5 or 6 years old, we had a little turtle at home. At first, everything was new and my daughter was very aware of her pet. He fed her, changed the water, but over time she got tired and barely looked at the little turtle, forcing us, her father and I, to take care of the animal completely.
At some point in your child's childhood, it is very likely that he will plant in front of you, with a sad face, and tell you that he wants to have a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a hamster, or even an aquarium full of little fish. What to tell him?
If it is any advice, it is best to talk to him a lot and explain first that an animal is not a toy. It is not an object that we can put inside the closet, or on a shelf and forget about it. An animal must be cared for, protected and aware of its needs, day after day.
An animal requires responsibility and daily commitments. If you are sure that your child is capable of performing and meeting these standards, he may be prepared to have a pet, although the decision will always be that of his parents.
Before going for the animal that you have decided to buy or adopt, it is important that everyone in the family is informed about:
- Health needs (vaccinations, medical check-ups ...)
- The type of food you need
- The space it must occupy
- The hygiene you must have
- How to educate the animal's behavior
- The daily physical exercise you should do
It is also advisable to distribute the tasks for each member of the family, according to the abilities and possibilities of each one. If over time someone fails to fulfill their tasks, they will be discussed with them to find out their reasons, and will encourage them to return to their commitment.
On the other hand, we must bear in mind that having an animal can favor the affective development of children in many aspects. Different studies reveal that living with children with pets can:
- Reduce stress in the family
- Strengthen the heart
- Encourage self-esteem, optimism, responsibility for children
In fact, animals are used more every day in patient recovery therapy in hospitals, in therapy with autistic children, etc. A good relationship with an animal can also lead the child to develop better verbal communication with other people.
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