Respect is a big lesson many parents focus on teaching kids, and, while respect for elders and other people usually takes priority, it is an excellent time to teach kids the importance of respecting animals as well.
Many kids have pets at home, and because of their amiable relationship with Spot, think all animals are playful friends as well. Respect comes in many ways, and teaching kids about animals can go a long way toward the idea of respect as a whole.
Although zoos have a bit of a rough reputation among certain animal rights groups, many reputable zoos do profound good for the animals they house. Zoos like the Philadelphia Zoo do conservation, prevention and ambassador work. All of the zoo’s animals were bred in captivity and serve some means in population conservation programs. Zoos with these types of programs often make a visible effort to educate guests.
Education about people and creatures in different circumstances can go a long way to giving children new perspectives on things they already have references for, like the concept of animals. Learning about what makes the different animals unique can go a long way toward instilling basic respect. Making children understand that animals are their own beings who do not have to perform for your kids’ entertainment is important.
Travel outside zoos provides a great chance to see wildlife and nature in a less controlled context. National parks are often home to sweeping landscapes and many forms of wildlife. Just because these animals live in the national parks doesn’t mean visitors are likely to see them. An innocent question about the absence of animals can lead to an important conversation about where the animals live and how humans are just visitors in the animals’ homes.
Many of the same lessons for teaching children respect about their parents and peers are applicable to the animal kingdom as well. Lessons to the tune of treating others how you would like to be treated and listening when others are talking can be applied universally.
It is also important to instill in kids the idea animals, while many appear friendly and cuddly, are not anything like the pets at home. Instilling a healthy dose of wariness in kids can go a long way toward keeping them safe and stop them from doing silly things like trying to climb into the different animal’s enclosures or venturing too close to animals in the wild.
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Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.