Pets are a part of many children’s lives. Parental involvement, open discussion, and planning are essential to make pet ownership a positive experience for everyone. A child who learns how to care for an animal and treat it kindly and patiently can receive invaluable training to learn how to treat people in the same way. Careless handling of animals is harmful to both the pet and the child.
Children raised with pets receive many benefits. Having a positive attitude towards pets can help increase a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can help develop trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with your pet can also help develop non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.
These vintage photos by Steve Givan capture wonderful moments as children pose with their favorite animals.