Parenting with Pets: The Magic of Raising Children Wth Animals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-04
  • Publisher: Edk Distribution

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Parenting with Pets beautifully details the never ending learning opportunities family pets naturally bring into the lives of their children. Parents will appreciate the many examples of challenging life lessons and how our pets can be the most effective teachers with our guidance and interactive dialogue with our children. Parenting with Pets will show you how pets facilitate social interactions, and how children from pet-owning homes have better verbal and nonverbal communication skills than those from non--pet-owning families. Pets can also help teens through awkward adolescence. This book will show you how pets augment the lessons we teach. Although they cannot take a parent's place in raising children, pets can help to remind parents that many of the things we find stressful, such as business meetings, traffic jams, frustrating coworkers, aren't really that important. Animals have a profound effect on human physiology. They slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and temper

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Why This Mattersp. 1
Children and Petsp. 5
Why Get a Pet and What to Expectp. 6
A Legacy of Lovep. 11
The Role of a Pet in the Changing Childp. 11
Home, Our Childhood Centerp. 12
The Developmental Yearsp. 15
Preschoolp. 15
Early Elementaryp. 19
S.L.C. Utah Canine Library Reading Programsp. 20
Handling Frustrationp. 23
Adolescencep. 25
Young Adultp. 31
Responsibilityp. 35
The New Petp. 38
Pets Teach Tolerancep. 47
Before Training Your Animalp. 50
Where Do Babies Come From?p. 61
Pets and the Circle of Lifep. 61
Boys, Girls, and Sexp. 63
Sexual Developmentp. 64
Griefp. 70
Healingp. 81
The Communication Bridgep. 85
Misbehavior = Miscommunicationp. 92
Opening Positive Communicationp. 95
An Open Heart: Pets in Our Lifep. 103
Love Unconditionalp. 111
Trust and Faithp. 117
Will any Pet Do?p. 123
Buying a New Petp. 129
Easy Starter Petsp. 130
Pets That Need More Carep. 136
Pets That Need the Most Carep. 140
Final Notep. 146
Suggestions for Maximum Success for Pet Ownershipp. 147
Other Considerations before You Buy a Petp. 148
Nature in the Lives of Childrenp. 149
Tips for Sharing Nature with Your Childrenp. 154
Suggestions to Naturalize Your Outdoor Play Spacep. 155
Some Final Thoughtsp. 159
Referencesp. 163
Helpful Resourcesp. 173
Choosing a Petp. 173
Bookletsp. 173
Death and Griefp. 173
Raising Childrenp. 174
Service and Therapy Dogsp. 175
Training Dogs / Dogs and Childrenp. 175
Cat help and questionsp. 175
Bird help and questionsp. 175
Appendixp. 178
Weekly Chore Chart for Daisyp. 178
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