Children love their pets—and for good reason. Creatures large and small teach, delight, and offer a special kind of companionship. A quick trip through your child's bedroom will remind you just how into they are with their animals. Their imaginations populate the storybooks, movies, music, toys, decor, and clothes of their liking. Can you imagine, what would happen, if you got them their very own live pet to take care of? It would do wonders for their emotional health. Here are three reasons for it:
* A pet can teach a child that he doesn’t have to take out his anger or fear on others: Some children become bullies and if they don’t have a safe place to share their truest emotions, they might assign those emotions onto other children. Because a pet will love your child regardless of the responses, a pet gives him a confident, a safe place in which to verbally pour out his fears.
* A pet can help in social skills and verbal skills of children: You’ve likely seen even little kids who are still learning to talk attempting to chatter away with pets. In this way, pets give not only social and emotional support but also cognitive language skill support to children. A pet’s simple presence provides verbal stimulus to help your child practice talking and socializing with another being.
* A pet can teach empathy. Caring for a pet that is so dependent on you teaches empathy. Your child learns to read your pet’s needs: is he hungry? Does he need a walk? Maybe the pet is scared of the wind, rain or snow and needs to be comforted. Moreover, empathy is the one skill that can be taught through caring for them.