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Animals are very precious and endearing creatures. They are essential to the overall existence of our ecosystem. Their way of life and diversity can teach children many things, and we’ll learn more about them in this post.
A child’s holistic development involves learning through exposure to the environment. Each animal walking, crawling, and flying on this earth have unique characteristics that impact our kids. A parent must highlight the value of animals. Even studies show how animals display higher emotional intelligence and camaraderie than most humans – making them a good learning example for our kids to a certain extent.
These are the following life lessons children can learn from animals:
1 – Being Brave
An animal that could be a perfect example of bravery is the lion. They are bold, fearless, and strong. Your child can feel fear early, and it’s okay. It may hinder them and hold them back from doing certain things, but by observing the bravery of a lion, they might follow their example. If you haven’t noticed, lions are used in children’s books and movies because they are a perfect example of bravery.
2 – Forgiveness
Elephants are known to be gentle and meek in contrast to their overwhelming strength and size. However, they are often victims of human cruelty; even so, they still forgive humans and practice kindness to those who do the same. Forgiveness is a trait that every kid should emulate, especially as they grow up. Even when the other kids steal their candy or toys or do something offensive, children must be like the forgiving elephant who also practices respect.
3 – Dedication
For this trait, let’s look into the spider, an arachnid most kids and adults are scared of. These creatures are determined to complete their web. Most of the time, spiders never make a perfect web with only one attempt. They keep going until they’re finished. And if it gets destroyed, the spider goes and builds again. Dedication is crucial for your kids to learn from, especially as they grow up and encounter life moments that test their determination and their willingness never to give up.
4 – Teamwork
Ants have a lot of good traits that people of all ages can learn from. They are also hardworking insects that work to the bone so their colony can store food for the harsh weather. The ants are the perfect epitome of teamwork because they never leave anyone behind and help each other accomplish their journey. Even in their loads, they do what they can to help each other. Your child can learn the essence of teamwork from these insects, which may be annoying when they invade your home, but they are valuable creatures that your child can learn from.
5 – Patience
Leopards take their sweet time before aggressively capturing their prey. They stalk the prey’s movements, find out their weakest point, and attack when the time is right. Patience is truly a virtue that your children should master at their age. Being patient is not just about having high tolerance while waiting but also about what a person’s attitude is while waiting. Adults should show calm composure, especially parents, who kids take as patience. So if they observe a leopard, they might learn a thing or two about patience.
6 – Loyalty And Kindness
There’s no animal more faithful and loyal than a dog. They have proven themselves to be the perfect companion for many people due to their kind nature and loyalty to their found family. They don’t need any particular reason to stay by your side and provide the greatest unconditional love. They also exhibit the same forgiving traits as elephants; even if they have been poor victims of human cruelty, they continue to extend kindness and forgiveness to people willing to give them a chance.
Life Lessons Your Kids Can Learn From A Children’s Book
If your child isn’t so into real-life animal documentaries, you can try reading them a children’s book entitled ‘The Song Of Solomon, The Snail.’ It features a snail named Solomon, who travels along with his house on his back while figuring out his life’s purpose amidst the struggles and problems he faces.
Animals exist for a reason, and as responsible humans, we should take care of them and not hurt them. They are capable of emotions and display behaviors we humans understand to a certain extent. Your children can learn many values from these creatures, so try to show them these examples they should emulate when they grow older.