Having a pet for kids has so many benefits, it’s much easier for kids to get wrapped up in the idea of owning and caring for a new pet, but it is still up to the parents to ensure that the experience is an interesting and positive one and that the pets receive the care they need for their entire lives.
Kids tend, to think of all the excellent and fun benefits that may come with owning a pet. Parents who are well experienced in such or even first-time pet owner are all aware of the patience that is required as well as the time and effort involved.
Some parents may dread the idea of owning a pet, but there are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your kids:
- Allergies: In recent years, it has been found that children who grew up in homes with pets had fewer allergies and had no asthmatic reactions. Research also shows that children who grow up in homes with pets are likely to have a stronger immune system and less likely to develop such childhood allergies.
- Blood pressure: Playing with pets like dogs also help lower the risks of blood pressure. Stroking of pets can help in fighting off blood pressure, thus having a pet can help prepare the kids when it comes to the handling tasks such as homework and exams.
- Sport: Kids who have pets tend to get out, even more, to run and associate with other sporty activities that can lead to health benefits.
- Fewer doctor visits: As funny as this may sound but, pet owners have much fewer doctor visits.
- Learning: Pets can also help children with their knowledge. Teachers have in recent years used pets, most notably dogs as a form of therapy in schools, using them to help kids that are challenged developmentally to learn, for instance, kids who want to learn how to read often feel more comfortable reading out loud to their pets.
- Play parenting: Nurturing and grooming of pets is a popular way for boys to play parenting roles at this moment practice caregiving.
- Responsibility: an act of feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility, tasks such as walking the dog or cleaning out the rabbit hutch can help teach the kids how to be responsible and as well give them a sense of achievement once such tasks are completed. Looking after a pet also helps to develop empathy for others in a child.
- Self-control: Children who own pets, often display improved impulse control, social skills, and self-esteem.
- Family Bond: The act of sharing the love and care given to a pet often fosters a new common bond amongst siblings. Pets can largely contribute to the building of family bonds as animals are often the focus of family activities. For example, siblings can walk the dog together while sharing exciting topics and bonding while enjoying each other’s company.
- Reduces stress: Cuddling a well-groomed pet can also help reduce stress, loneliness, and anxiety.
Most importantly, having a pet is all fun and exciting. Whether a dog, cat, bird, or ferret, having an animal in the house brings enjoyment to any household.