Getting a pet for your kids is a decision that will influence the life of a whole family. It’s proven that pets have positive effects on children’s’ development and behavior in many aspects, but since they require a lot of patience, responsibility, and dedication, many parents avoid making this step. On the other hand, here’s a list of various benefits pets provide to kids. It might help you with forethinking and decide whether to involve another family member or not into your home.
Health benefits that pets provide
Growing up around a dog or a cat will boost your child’s immune system, get it used to various allergens and decreased kid’s risk levels of developing allergies and asthma. Playing with pets decreases stress levels, preventing your kids from developing various psychological issues or digestive symptoms caused by stress. If a kid owns a dog, spending some time outside walking with his pet will become a healthy routine. Active playing with a pet improves kid’s motor skills, coordination, and spacious orientation.
Teach them responsibility
Make your child in charge of feeding a pet. Give him instructions, prepare food and dish, but leave the rest to him. Keep an eye on a whole thing, because the pets truly need to be taken care of properly, but involve the child into this responsibility. It will not only improve their levels of responsibility but also boost their care giving aspects of personality.
Social and emotional growth
All the studies show that kids with pets have more self-confidence and less trouble engaging into various social relationships. Taking a pet out for a walk is a good chance to talk to other pet owners, to spend time outside gaining new friends and using the pet as a bridge and link between a child and surrounding society. Also, pets help children develop their deep emotions, learn to attach to someone and behave according to that emotionally. Pet makes friends with a kid and kid learns to treat them as a good friend should be treated. It teaches children to be kind, caring, sensitive to needs of others and responsible for helping others. It is all great for developing child’s personality in a profound and healthy manner.
Trust and comfort for sure
Pets engage into relations with kids imposing no judgments or expectations. It is often useful to children, especially if they feel bad or hurt for some reason. Kids often tend to trust more to a pet than to a person and develop a strong relation with a dog or a cat that comes helpful in tough days.