When children and pets live together in the home, it is very important that there are basic rules of coexistence; so that the relationship between them is good and there are no risks that neither of them will suffer damage.
Animals are not toys, but children can be taught how to care for them using the game. The natural predisposition of children to play makes this an ideal tool to teach them values and good habits; without feeling pressured to learn.
Taking care of our pets is fun
Children should perceive that although taking care of their pets is a responsibility and should take care of them; it is also a very fun activity that can be enjoyed a lot. For this, it is convenient that since they are small they are assigned tasks related to the care of pets.
After three years the children can help us to brush the pet, at first helped by us and then; when they learn to do it with care, they can do it alone. Other activities in which they can participate is changing the water or putting the food to the pet. This way they will learn that this one needs some care and that we are responsible for receiving them.
If our pet is a dog, they can accompany us when we take him out for a walk. Once in the park you can let the children play with him for a while; throwing a ball or a stick and running with them. This is beneficial for children because; in addition to having fun, they will be doing a physical activity, very important for them to develop strong and healthy; and so that at the end of the day they are more tired and sleep better.
Teach children to be responsible by playing
One of the most important values that children acquire when they have a pet is that of responsibility. Caring for your pet and seeing that it grows healthy and cheerful will make them feel more confident; have a high self-esteem and feel more capable of reaching their goals. All this can be reinforced through the game. We can propose to children goals and objectives to achieve. For every thing they do well; they can earn points and advance in the game by receiving more responsibilities and rewards.
Thus, as they grow up, they will be more and more autonomous in the care of their pets; they will have more responsibilities that they will learn little by little and from our hands; and they will be rewarded for doing well the work that has been assigned to them. All of this without them feeling forced to do so; so they will enjoy more of the time they dedicate to their pet; reinforcing the bond with it and feeling more independent and capable.
The game is one of the best ways to learn. Designing adventures for our children and our pets is the perfect way for the pet to perceive the child as someone who will take care of and protect it; and for the child to be aware that pets are not just another fun.