A Blog for parents and teachers of young children.
Partners In Learning Blog Team
Monday, February 4, 2013
Several children greet Dollie when the come to school in the morning and when they leave to go home, just like Adalyn.
Dollie Partners, 3, brightens everyone's day at Partners In Learning. She is our center dog. There are several benefits to having a pet. A pet can be a bridge between a less socially outgoing child and other potential playmates.
Because of the special bond that often develops between pet and child, pets can sometimes fill the role of comforter. Since the relationship is non-judgmental from the pet's perspective, a hurting child might be more willing to initially trust a pet than a person.
Pets can facilitate various aspects of emotional development such as self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. As kids age and take on more of the care for the pet, it helps to build self-confidence. It is a misunderstood fact that pets teach children responsibility. Parents teach responsibility. Pets just make a good vehicle for learning!