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Why Pets are the Best Buddies for Your Kids

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Jul 21, 2015

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Adults who had pets as children tend to have very fond memories of their dogs and cats from when they were younger. Indeed, pets often become just like other members of the family, joining the family on vacations and even sitting down with the family at dinnertime (and hopefully not begging for scraps too much.) Beyond being a furry friend who a child can play with, a child’s first pet is also a sign that the parents are willing to trust him or her with a certain amount of responsibility. Here, we’ll look at some of the many benefits of pets for children.

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Pets teach responsibility. “But I’ll feed him and walk him every day, Mom!” This is the common response to Mom or Dad when they say that owning a pet is a lot of responsibility. And this is very true. While parents need to decide on a case-by-case basis whether their child is ready for the responsibility of owing a pet, the simple fact that their kids are ready to take on new responsibilities is a good sign of maturation and growth. Once the child sees that their pet relies on them for food, exercise, and comfort, hopefully he or she will see the value in caring for others. Discovering that they can take care of an animal on their own will also help the child build self-confidence.

Pets provide emotional support. Pets love their owners unconditionally, providing comfort for children in times of need. Of course parents love their children unconditionally, too—but sometimes there is something comforting about Rex or Fluffy just wanting to cuddle. This is probably one of the reasons why pet therapy is so successful. Pets can also teach children about empathy. When a child sees that their pet is scared or lonely, the child can rush in and return the favor of emotional support.

Pets help with social skills. Not only do pets teach emotional and empathetic skills to children just by being their furry little selves, pets can also help children interact with other children. Kids are more likely to talk with other children who are playing with a pet. There’s something about seeing a child being friendly with their pet that makes other children at ease with the situation. It says “Everybody here is having a good time, why shouldn’t I join in?” Pets also help children develop confidence in their social skills because they accept kids for who they are.

Pets strengthen the entire family bond. When a parent and child can laugh together about something silly the dog or cat did, that is a wonderful moment. Talking about the pet with the children and asking them about their fun together is an easy way to engage in conversation with your child when it seems like they aren’t too interested in talking. Family trips to the vet allow the parent and child to share in the caretaking experience, as well.