Helping Kids Cope with the Loss of Backyard Hens

Helping Kids Cope with the Loss of Backyard Hens
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes By Jenny Rose Ryan The urban backyard hen falls somewhere between livestock and pet. Domesticated excessively and spoiled by table scraps, the small plot laying hen is the luckiest of fowl, selected randomly from billions for leisure and relative calm — a life of ultimate privilege.  For many kids, loving these backyard hens is automatic. Our son leads them on adventures in the yard, arranging obstacle courses and gathering eggs with puffed-up pride and ludicrousness in equal measure. He’s not only learning about where eggs come from and how to keep a domesticated animal happy, he’s gaining socially and emotionally from the experience.   According to teacher Shauna Patterson-Lystra of Seattle, “Keeping animals helps kids develop and practice compassion and kindness. They can receive unconditional love and affection from all types of domestic animals, and practice relationship building as well as responsibility and maintaining a long-term commitment. Care is needed

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