By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 4, 2015
Nature is filled with wondrous things that are sure to delight children of all ages.
Children are born with inquisitiveness about the world around them. As a child I often marveled at birds in flight, watching them soar, dip and dive in the wild. They were such a joy to observe as they went about their lives.
My mother always had parakeets and like her, I welcomed them into our lives, too. I wanted to have my daughters experience birds as I had so we brought a green parakeet. We named him Pete and he wasted no time getting used to us. Over the years we laughed at Pete bathing and splashing, walking around our supper table, flying to our shoulders and walking on the floor. We woke up to Pete’s ‘get up’ call, the wolf whistle and bird calls. Even the dog got in on the fun; Jim Bob followed Pete walking on the floor and licked up his poops along the way. Pete gave us so many joy-filled hours during his lifetime. And I miss him still.
When Pete died many years ago the girls and I mourned for months over the silly bird that had grown so attached to us and it was their first experience with death. I did not replace Pete because I could not bear the thought of suffering through another loss but now it is time to move on and get another parakeet – a companion for me.
Benefits of having Pets
Studies suggest having a pet has many benefits for children such as higher self-esteem, better social skills, are more relaxed, have less risk of asthma, lower blood pressure, fewer visits to the doctor, increased responsibility, improved impulse control, less anxiety, less stress, less loneliness and more. Check out the Parents article below:
Simple Spring Bird Activity
When my daughters were young we often put scraps of colored or shiny string, threads, ribbons and such out in the yard for birds building nests in spring. With or without binoculars we watched as birds of all kinds hopped among our offerings to choose the perfect additions to their nests. Perhaps your children would find birds interesting to observe. Birdwatching makes a wonderful hobby that gets children outdoors and into nature!
Helpful Bird Guides and Information
Did someone mention photographing birds?
And you can use cell phones for photographing more that your lunch and selfies:
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