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An animal, good idea?

An animal, good idea?

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Your child wants you a cat, a dog, a parrot ... Minute butterfly! This decision is not taken lightly. Benefits for your child, constraints for you and your little head linnet, Hubert Montagner, psychophysiologist, helps you weigh the pros and cons.


An animal reinforces the confidence your child has in himself

  • When his dog looks for his look, rolls on his side, when his cat rubs against his leg while purring, your child feels reassured! These pets, explains Hubert Montagner, psychophysiologist *, the dog, the cat, of course, but also the horse who lets himself be approached, the parrot capable of repeating words, present a range of very rich behaviors. Your child interprets them as "affiliative", that is to say, he feels that the animal is adhering to his person. He feels recognized. It is an emotional door that opens immediately.
  • Of course, the interactivity offered by a rabbit or a guinea pig is more limited. "But these little beasts are jostled, adds the specialist.With a little white rat in his T-shirt, the child becomes invincible! He manipulates, he feels loved while being master of the game and it attracts the eyes of other children ... "

With him, what progress!

  • Your child is a little clumsy? Watch him run to meet his animal without falling, try like a cabriole or throw him an object just aiming ... Both seem to learn from each other, to train.
  • "You can not imagine how much the animal helps the child to be structured, says the specialist.The child becomes more extrovert.He is lying face down and seeks to capture the eyes of the animal, It is a very important skill in the relation to the other, like that of imitation, which the animal also encourages, It also frees its language The child wants to be understood by the animal and expresses himself better and better. "

Best confidant that an animal, there is no

  • Daily, but even more in difficult times - a move, the birth of a baby - the animal helps the child to relativise emotional insecurity. "The animal does not speak, does not judge, does not betray," recalls Hubert Montagner, "the child confides in him, he releases the whole range of his emotions, his joy, his anger, his sadness ... And he interprets his affiliative manifestations as marks of tenderness, of love. "

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