Although it may seem obvious as an adult, children should be taught respect for animals from the moment they are born. The smallest of the house tend to repeat the behaviors they see in adults , so if they are not instilled with love and affection for nature from their first years of life, they probably will not have this attitude towards it during the rest of his life. For this reason, at PregDream we tell you how to instill respect for animals in children.
DO WHAT YOU SEE
The best way to teach our children is by always setting an example. If we don’t treat animals and nature with respect ourselves, our children never will. If you live in the city and do not have pets at home , surely children have fewer opportunities to be in contact with animals or with nature. It is highly advisable to go out to the countryside on weekends, visit a farm or simply enjoy the animals in their natural environment.
We must never let children see that we are afraid of an animal, such as a small spider, a mouse or a cockroach, because they will adopt these fears as their own and will have the need to flee or kill these animals because they are they will feel under your fear before them . We must teach our children that all animals deserve our respect. Therefore, if a spider enters our house, perhaps we can ask our partner , if we are afraid, to take it out through the window or into the garden.
We must also always make present in the smallest of the house that any act of violence towards animals seems totally negative to us. So if we see an animal being attacked on television we will tell our children that this is totally unacceptable behavior . With the smallest of the house it will work to watch cartoon movies with animals . The personalization of nature will make them see it as something closer and more enjoyable, for which we should not feel any need to harm beings who feel and suffer like us humans.
A CONSTANT EDUCATION
You should keep in mind that children know if you really believe in something or if you are saying it to teach them a lesson. Your example will always be the best, so you should make visits to nature and be in contact with animals as many times as possible.
Having a pet at home will help you learn that animals have the same needs as humans, so you should always keep the cage or fish tank clean, the perseverance of going for a walk with the dog, feeding it and treating it with love. The pet, in return, will give him love on his part and that will make him understand better than many words that animals are capable of returning all the love we give them.
If you do not want or cannot have pets at home (for example, in cases of allergies ), it would be nice if you had the opportunity to be in contact with those of other people so that your child does not fear them and learns to respect them. In some zoos or farms they have special spaces for children to spend time with goats and rabbits , for example. Completely harmless animals capable of giving love and affection, always under our supervision, to the smallest of the house.
Remember that your example is important and that your tone should never vary. If he tells you that a child has hurt an animal, you should explain, calmly and consistently, that this is wrong. Animals feel and suffer just like humans and we have no right to harm them for free. Violence or lack of respect for animals shows how bad a person is and how little empathy he has for other living beings.
If your children see that you really believe these words and that you live by them, surely they will have no doubt that animals deserve to be treated with respect and love their pets and other living beings as part of the great family that is nature.