Pets are good for children and help them develop emotional intelligence.
Today’s children are less and less selfless and empathetic and, according to one scientific research conducted by Harvard University, they tend to get too selfish.
96% of parents say they want to raise children who take care of others, but the reality that emerges is that 80% of children respond that parents are more concerned about their achievements and their personal happiness.
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So parents, do we want children’s empathy to grow or not? If the answer is yes, make them live in contact with pets may be your best choice!
Emotional Intelligence in Children: Pets help develop it
The pets can be valuable for teaching in the family as they act on the so-called “emotional intelligence ”, or EQ – which measures empathy and the ability to understand and connect with others. It has been recognized that theEQ is the best indicator of a child’s likely success in school, more than the intelligence quotient (IQ). Unlike IQ, which is fixed at the time of birth, this one it can grow and be fed. A pet is in this sense a gift for the whole family, Here because.
1. A pet “develops empathy”: one of the cornerstones of EQ is theempathy, which should be taught and shaped starting in early childhood.Many research conducted in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including one by the prominent psychologist Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, have demonstrated a correlation between attachment to a pet and high empathy scores. Taking care of a pet leads a self-centered child away from himself or herself. Empathy also involves the ability to read non-verbal cues – facial expressions, body language, gestures – and pets enable them to learn how to do so. Hearing a kitten meow when he wants to eat or seeing a dog run to the door when he wants to go outside leads the children to think: “What are his needs, and what can I do to help him?“
2. A pet “teaches the concept of responsibility and self-esteem”. Parents always say: “I will not get a pet because I will end up taking care of it myself.” Give a child age-appropriate homework and responsibilities – teach them to pet a hamster gently, ask for a bowl to be filled, etc – it gives them a sense of competence and allows them to increase self-esteem. It is never too early to start.
3. A pet “reduces stress”. We talked about Pet Therapy, in these experimental therapies it is proven that as the child begins to stroke the dog he begins to relax. Scientists have studied the blood pressure values of dogs and children, and it appears to drop for both.
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4. A pet “helps a child learn to read well”. Reading expands a child’s understanding by making him understand, imagine, feel the experiences and emotions of others… but learning to read can be stressful. Reading aloud is critical to literacy, but it can be torture for a shy or embarrassed boy. The solution? Read to your pet. With an infinitely patient animal, children can go at their own pace by being able to pronounce difficult words sounds, without fear of judgment.
5. A pet “helps children to express emotions”. When children are asked who they go to to talk about a problem, they often respond to their pets. This is hardly surprising. It can be difficult for children to talk to adults about strong emotions. Here’s where an animal is an invaluable friend.
Dear Unimamme, and you agree with this list on the Washington Post. Do you have a pet? What is the relationship you have with your children?
How did they affect them? Tell us your experience if you like.