Several studies have proven why having a pet is beneficial for your child. While it is a lot of work involved in terms of taking care and providing for the pet, the pay-offs are also handsome. Here are the top reasons why you should be considering owning a pet at home:
Sense of responsibility kicks in early: with pets around, children learn early on to be a provider, a care-giver. Young kids can help with small tasks like giving food and water or combing their hair, in case of a dog, etc. Slowly, they can be encouraged to become the sole care-giver. A selfless and responsible attitude can thus be developed early on.
A companion: pets can prove to be great companions for your kid, especially if your child is an only kid. Dogs are great listeners and communicators. Talking to a pet can alleviate sense of loneliness and ward off depression.
Less-prone to allergies: children who grow up with pets around are less prone to allergies and asthma as compared to children who don’t.
Great learning experience: as your child begins to take active participation and interest in the pet, it will be a great opportunity to let the child learn more about the pet, research about the subject and gather as much knowledge as possible.
Emotionally-stable: having a pet will help in developing emotional stability in your child. The relationship between the pet and the child will be of trust and love. They’ll learn to be gentler with others and since they’d be used to the emotion of nurturing, it will also help keep sudden outbursts in check.
Although the advantages are many, this is a decision that needs to be taken by the parents after careful consideration of all factors. Keeping a pet is a huge responsibility and if not done correctly, the consequences can misfire.
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