Children Are Our Future
I recently saw a segment on a news show (BTN11) called KidsSay: Can animals talk?
A conversation that might seem ordinary and cute, to me meant a whole lot more.
A few questions asked to children were:
Do animals talk?
They certainly do! Not in our language, but in their own. A cat meows, a dog barks, and a cow moos. To us its noise, to them it’s a conversation.
Animals also speak with body language. We have to take the time to try to understand what they are trying to tell us by the way they look, move, and sound.
What do you think they are thinking about when…?
Animals think indeed. They think about food, going outside, play time, and getting hugs.
I loved the idea of getting the children to think about animals from the perspective OF animals. Discussing this and having them think it through and answer, is a start for children in realizing that animals are living beings that do talk, think, & feel.
The future of a more respectful, compassionate, and humane world for animals is in their hands.
Check out an earlier post of mine Why Do People Abuse Animals? for information and a great resource for teaching children empathy. This is where it starts.
And finally…here is the news segment.