National Kids and Pets Day is both a day to celebrate the bonds children and pets can share and a day to emphasize safety where our pets and children are concerned.
There are many benefits of having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a lifelong impact on a child’s development.
It is also important to remember that small children as well as pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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This special day was created in 2005 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, mother, pet lover and former EMT/Medic, Colleen Paige. National Kids & Pets Day is dedicated to furthering the magical bond between children and animals, to help bring awareness to the plight of pets in shelters awaiting new homes, and educating the public about safety between children and pets. “The future of our children and their ability to show compassion toward animals and each other, depends on us, to give them the skills necessary to make the world a better, kinder place to live”, says Paige. Children with learning disabilities can greatly increase academic success reading to pets and pets help shy children to open up and feel more confident.
The responsibility that a child can learn from caring for a pet is vital in their social development. Children who grow up with pets tend to be extremely nurturing and compassionate, making dedicated and loving parents and pet owners themselves. This, in turn, simply makes for a happier world. And who doesn’t want that?
Additionally, “National Kids and Pets Day encourages parents to never leave small children alone with dogs and cats and other animals that have the potential to cause them harm. Thousands of children a year are either injured or killed by family pets. Often these tragic events can be avoided. Millions of orphaned pets sit in shelters awaiting new homes. But be sure that your child and family are ready for a new pet.” Celebrate your kids and pets… today and every day!
Teach Your Children The Basics Of Pet Parenting
Although pets are both adored and loved in the family of animal lovers, it is very important to teach your child from the beginning the correct and kind way to handle a pet.
Teach your child the basics of pet parenting such as:
· Pet grooming
· Pet diseases
· Pet First Aid Kit items
As a pet parent, you should also make sure that until your child is not mature enough to handle an adult pet, he should not be left alone with the pet.
Educate Your Child About Importance Of A Pet
It is very important to teach your kid the value of a pet in their lives. When your kid sees you caring the pet, the same he will replicate in his behavior. Thus, he will become a good pet parent in future.
The healthy environment you ensure in your home for your pet will help your child realize the importance of the pet.
Help Your Child Understand Pet Behavior
Pet parenting is all about understanding the pet’s behavior and knowing the issues, which a pet may be facing. The first thing you can teach your kid about pets is to make him aware about how to caress a dog or a cat, where to touch them, where not to touch them, when they find your behavior irritating, and when you should leave them alone or give them their personal space.
These are some aspects, which a child must be taught about pets.
Make this National Kids And Pets Day a medium to educate your child about pets. Let this day turn them into a pet friendly individual.