For the love of pets: Animals can teach children empathy

Did you know that teaching children empathy skills early in life can increase their confidence and help them better handle stressful situations?

Empathy is critical to success throughout life and is a necessary component to developing positive relationships and building rewarding careers. Empathy leads to stronger relationships with people and animals, and helps prevent animal cruelty and neglect, as well as bullying in schools.

Through guidance, children can develop the steps necessary for empathy: recognize human and animal emotions, share emotions, and regulate emotions.

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