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Teaching Children About Responsibility

It is said that having a pet at home helps to develop a child's responsibility and a tendency to care for the poor. But this is not exactly right.


  1. Bringing up responsibility
    Children won't care for animals without the parents' examples. They cannot become attentive and responsible all by themselves. For this reason, animals can serve as a help for parents in their children's upbringing. If you have a pet at home, it will be easier for you to cultivate these qualities. Simply follow the rules:

    • Remember that your child imitates you and your behavior. He will copy your attitude toward an animal, which is why you should express your love and care often.
    • Don't make your child promise to take care of an animal. Not every teenager will be able to cope with all the problems, much less a younger schoolboy.
    • Don't make your child care for an animal but, little by little, ask him to help you -- to change the water in a bowl or to do the feeding.
    • He should understand that taking care of a pet is a pleasure and not a dreary duty.
    • Turn your caretaking together into a little holiday!
    • Be together with your child and the pet, both on a bench-show and in a banian hospital.
    • Treat your pet as a member of your family, but not as a burden.

      Little by little, your child will become accustomed to taking care of an animal and will share some of the duties with you without your having to ask. He will become more responsible.

  2. What to choose?
    A cat will suit a hyperactive and easily excitable child. It can sense the mood of a person and its soft hair and tender purr can be very calming.

    A dog will be the best fit for a shy and less-confident child. He will feel safe near it. A dog helps to make up for a lack of communication. You will never be able to find a more devoted friend.

    A guinea-pig will be the best choice if you aren’t able to have a larger pet. This is the most adaptable rodent. It loves being touched and being held.

    A teenager can choose an animal without any assistance. He already has the patience to look after it. He understands his responsibility and can manage almost any animal. The strongest attachment to a pet is typical at this age.

    Try to understand a teenager's wish to have a fighting dog (this doesn't mean that you should go along with it); he probably wants to deal with his own aggression.

  3. When is having a pet ill-advised?
    There is no absolute contra-indication. We can't recommend taking an exotic animal as they are difficult to look after, or a fighting dog for a family with babies, or a furry animal for a person who has an allergy.

  4. How to prepare everything for an animal.
    Don't lecture your child about how to take care of an animal. Just discuss questions with him: what breed to choose, what will be difficult and pleasant, read books about this animal and look at artwork or photos. Go together to buy all the necessary accessories: bowls, cages, collars and so on. For the first two weeks you have the animal you have chosen at home, pay great attention to it together with your child. Your child should learn how to communicate with it, how to look after it. And it is only your example that can become a guarantee of the fact that the animal and your child will enter into friendly relations.


If you are going to get a pet, think about the following:


  • you should choose an animal that will suit your family, starting with family members' wishes, your way of life and housing conditions.
  • Learn as much as possible about the peculiarities of this kind of animal and buy special literature.

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