There’s no denying it, pets certainly have a positive impact on a child’s development. Through a close relationship with an animal, they learn responsibility, which boosts their self-esteem. They learn that animals are independent beings whose boundaries, peculiarities and needs are to be respected.
Benefits of having pets
Animals are friends who protect against loneliness and isolation, who can be trusted with secrets. Pets make children more active as they often form a connection to nature that children absolutely need and love. And last but not least, animals are often a good form of therapy for problem children, since they usually become calmer and more balanced through contact with their own animal.
Several points to discuss in the family before buying an animal
- Which animal would the whole family be happy about?
- Can an animal be kept in the rented apartment at all? This question does not arise with small animals like cats and small dogs.
- Is there enough space to keep the desired animal appropriate to the species?
- Do you want to afford an animal? Not only do you have to think about the mostly relatively low purchase costs, but also about food, cage, bedding, vet and much more.
- How many animals do you want? In the case of rabbits and guinea pigs, the purchase of two animals is recommended because they feel most comfortable together.
- How much time do you want to spend with the animal every day? In addition to feeding and cleaning the animal, cage and litter box, you have to walk a dog several times a day. Also, you might need to at least have a formal dog training in order to take care of your dog accurately.
- How long do you want to bond with an animal? When purchasing, you should pay close attention to the average lifespan of the animals. Remember that children’s interests change over the years and enthusiasm for the animal is often limited.
Mothers must be aware of the responsibilities towards their pets
As a mother, despite all the commitments and promises made by the children, you have to be aware that the responsibility ultimately lies with you. Children of kindergarten age are still overwhelmed with the care of an animal. They can take on simple chores, but the main part of the work remains with you. However, the children slowly grow into the tasks. At twelve years old, they can take care of dogs and cats independently.
In any case, a pet is an enrichment for the whole family. Once all the pros and cons have been clarified and you have decided on a pet, you can already look forward to your child’s bright eyes.