If you have animals at home, then from the firstMonths of a child's life, you can lay the foundations of communication with them. The baby will necessarily pay attention to the cat or dog, will pull the handles to the guinea pig.
Encouraging the craving of the child for animals, we bring up love for them, and through it - responsibility and the desire to care for the beast. And not vice versa.
If the baby likes to take care of animals, then, by and large, it is not so important how skillfully he will get it.
You can always check it and help.
Infect with a personal example
; Explain to the little one that animals, like us,Need food, water, a corner for sleeping, a place for a toilet. If the child is very small - you can show how you feed the pet, commenting on their actions. Give the child a piece of goodies and offer to treat a hamster or a cat. Take care that the animal does not bite.
Clean the cage, the pet's toiletEyes of the child. Do not do it secretly, do not patronize the child too much, protecting him from odors and possible germs. Smile and draw his attention to how the pet is satisfied with the cleanliness and order.
It is very interesting with the child to clean the ears and trim the claws of the domestic animal. Let the kid give you cotton buds, scissors - he will like to be involved in hygiene procedures.
Trust the child. But check
To begin with, trust him with a number of simple, butRegular duties: to monitor the cleanliness of the water in the water bowl, to sweep the scattered food. Select a small individual broom and a rag, he will be proud to perform "as an adult" his duties. Explain to the child that animals are friends, and it depends on us how comfortable and fun they are to live.
As the child grows up, instruct him allmore. Thoroughly weigh the physical and psychological readiness of your child to take care of the animal. Watch how responsible and skillful the kid comes to his duties, whether the level of comfort of living of the animal does not go down.
It is better not to assign certain responsible activities to the child. Let brushing the teeth of a dog and bathing a guinea pig, nevertheless, remain for you.
Never appoint cleaning as a punishmentCells or washing cat's toilet, as well as never promise as a prize for a five-piece purchase of a puppy or canary. The child should realize that the animal is not a small coin of your methods of upbringing and not a toy.
No matter how responsible your child is,Never let yourself take care of such an important matter as caring for an animal. Check if the pet is eating enough, if the toilet is full. If you notice that the baby is lazy to do something, ask him to do it together. If the animal is regularly starving, and the stench is spreading around the apartment - well, the child does not cope with the task, you have to do everything yourself. Do not shame the child, do not punish. Do not leave the pet hungry from the principle. Wait for a while, then gently offer the child the duties easier. Promise him your help and support.