Children feel a special connection to the animal world. They grew up seeing jungle animals or sea creatures in their rooms. Animals such as dogs, cats, and even guinea pigs, all represent to children something joyous and completely magical. If you are lucky enough to have domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, and the like in your household, they are the perfect complements of childhood.
Your kids will think of all the good and fun times of having a pet but for experienced parents, or even first-time pet owners, know there is a lot of patience, time, and effort involved but the unconditional love a child gets from a pet is totally worth it.
The rewards of childhood pet ownership extend unexpectedly far so here are several positive reasons why bringing home those furry creatures is a good idea:
One study in England showed that kids with dogs exercise eleven minutes a day more than their non-dog owning counterparts which means activity level in children with pets is considerably higher. These dogs related activities decrease the risks of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Having a pet is a great way to teach responsibility to kids. Ensuring that a family dog has food and water gives children a first glimpse of accountability and obligation. Pet ownership also contributes to children developing great sense of empathy and compassion.
Pet ownership provides constant companionship through ups and downs. Children can always turn to their pet whenever they feel sad, angry, or afraid. Petting and cuddling dogs reduce stress from children and help them relax.
Lastly, interacting with animals and playing with them is plain fun and brings out all positive feelings. It's bound to brighten any kid's day!!
Owning a pet is a huge commitment and shouldn't be taken lightly so make sure to have an open discussion with everyone in the family. At the end of the day, remember that having a pet might be the best thing you could ever do for your kid's childhood experience.