The importance of animals in children's lives

The importance of animals in children's lives

The relationship between a child and an animal is always something special. First of all, because the animal recognizes the child as a puppy of man and therefore as a defenceless race and to be protected, because from the very beginning, it feels its guardian. With his instinct he perceives in advance when things are about to happen and in many cases, he manages to signal it and put his life at risk for the good of the human being.

But what does living with an animal mean?

Living with an animal (e.g. dog or cat) allows children not only to develop the aspect of socialization and interaction, but also to increase the sense of responsibility and the value of caring for and respecting others.

Accompanying the growth of our children with the presence of an animal can therefore represent an added value to education. An animal educates to "diversity", because it shows the child that we exist not only as humans, but also as other living beings that deserve respect and that are able to offer us much from the emotional and relational point of view.

Animals are not toys, but real travelling companions, who help children to understand everyday reality in a simple and joyful way, as only hairs can do.

Words are glances and instinct

The children relate and approach the animals with their characteristic instinctiveness, establishing from the beginning a direct relationship. The eyes of children approaching animals are something wonderful to observe. They speak to each other without using words. Their language is instinctiveness.

12 good reasons a child should live with a pet

  1. Children in contact with dogs and cats are less likely to develop infections, of course this is true provided that obvious hygiene rules are respected such as preventing animal fluids from coming into direct contact with children's mucous membranes;
  2. Pets help with learning;
  3. The presence of an animal reduces the level of stress that children generally show when learning. In addition, there is scientific evidence that pampering a dog or cat lowers blood pressure and tension;
  4. The presence of pets in children's lives would make them more likely to develop the ability to care for others. This makes him more responsible and less flawed. It can also instil self-esteem and encourage people to leave the home to relate more with other children;
  5. The child can feel free to express his concepts and emotions in a spontaneous and creative way;
  6. Animals are a source of emotional comfort: from the analyses carried out on samples of individuals in childhood it was found that most of them in conditions of sadness, anxiety, discomfort, tend to turn to pets that are also considered excellent guardians to keep a secret;
  7. Children exposed to contact with different types of pets are less likely to develop allergies, as by licking the children, they would transmit to them different types of bacteria contained in the mouth, and this would strengthen the immune system of children who, in this way, would run a lower risk of falling ill or developing infections;
  8. Almost all children living with an animal tend to consider it as an actual member of the family. This perception, so natural in children, facilitates the development of a strong family bond;
  9. Living with a pet, such as a dog and cat, helps children to grow well. In fact, adults and children living with a pet get a range of psychological and physical benefits from this relationship;
  10. Children growing up with an animal are 50% more likely to have the minimum levels of physical activity recommended by pediatricians to grow up healthy;
  11. Dogs protect against danger: they are useful in the early diagnosis of certain diseases, they can sniff out poisons, they can help in the event of disasters, they can also protect against an attacker;
  12. The animal is also a child's gym to learn how to handle frustration: animals are our playmates, but they do not do everything we want, nor can we do everything we want them. Once again the animal educates us, in a positive way, to the limit and to respect.

Lucia Franco

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