|Without having cruel intentions, most toddlers and pre-kindergarten children are simply too young to realize that pulling or squeezing animal’s ears, hair or just using them to explore and get funny reactions is actually not so funny for the cat, dog, bird or bug in question. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t learn very early on about kindness towards all kind of creatures, quite the contrary! Teaching your child how to coexist safely and lovingly with nature and animals can help him develop self-control, learn about boundaries, develop empathy and know more about his own self and preferences. It also means that your toddler will be less likely to have bad experiences when interacting with an animal that can defend itself.
More so, it is known that spending time with animals and pets is good for both for the physical and psychological well-being of kids, and is a great first step towards raising a nature-loving child.
Here are some ideas on how to help your son to be kind towards animals:
• Books can be a good tool to show your kid different kinds of animals so that he gets comfortable around aquatic animals and winged, furry, or scaled ones too.
If you are looking for some extra tools to show your child how to treat animals, Brightly compiled a good list of books to help you with the task: http://www.readbrightly.com/8-books-that-show-kids-how-to-treat-animals/