How wonderful would it be to express out loud your deepest darkest secrets, and know that there is absolutely no judgement, nor will these secrets be shared with another? Animals can help children develop sensitivity to others. They can offer comfort, and lend an ear for secrets and feelings. And they can encourage a child’s curiosity.
Knowing that stress has an effect on children in their learning environments means that we, as parents and providers, must be aware of and attempt to understand the powerful effects of stress on children of all ages. How we respond to children who show signs of stress will make the difference in whether they develop the skills to cope or whether stress will interrupt their learning.