Sunday, March 15, 2015
Teaching Responsibility With Pets
Our two year old son has never met anything furred, feathered, or finned that he didn't like! So naturally he loves his pets! They are his constant companions and partners in crime. You can imagine two dogs, a cat, and a toddler all running around the house playing. It gets a little chaotic at times!
But with all that playing my toddler actually learned how to love and care for his animals. He helps feed and water them. And he loves giving them treats! He can even put their collars on for a walk. By watching us he learned what his pets needed to be healthy and happy. And it's not a responsibility he takes lightly! He has become so concerned for their needs that often he calls my attention to their empty food bowls, even if it's not feeding time!
He is also equally aware when they are not feeling well or hurt. Having pets has taught him a great deal about empathy and compassion. They have also made him more caring and gentle. I'm sure all of you animal enthusiasts out there can relate to this and I would love to hear some of your stories!