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Benefits for Children Owning Pets

Father and Son sitting with a dog

Having a furry or feathered friend around your house isn't just fun for your kids but can also prove beneficial for them. In fact, a pet around the house has some amazing perks for everyone in the family, which include lower stress levels and a boosted self-esteem. Not to forget the immense amount of joy they bring.

In addition to all these benefits, pets can have a positive impact on the growth of your child. Following are a few ways this will happen.

  1. A Better Sense of Responsibility: If there's a pet in the house, even a young toddler who can barely walk will pick up some sense of responsibility. Yes, you'll still have to take care of most of the pet's chores, but your little one will also start mirroring your behavior in whatever capacity that they have. Some kids really enjoy pouring food for their pets, while others like to walk them around. Either way, it'll make them feel more responsible and, to an extent, more accomplished as well.
     
  2. Good for Your Health: Various researches show that kids who grow up with pets are less likely to develop common allergies. This is due to the early exposure to certain types of bacteria. In addition to that, some research has also shown that pet owners tend to get sick less often.
     
  3. Comfort and Companionship: Pets are a great way to provide comfort and companionship to kids. Children who have pets tend to feel less anxious or withdrawn as they always have their furry friend to turn to whenever they need. This kind of security can be beneficial – especially in their growing age.

If you are still on the fence about getting your kid a dog, cat, or even a bird, these benefits should undoubtedly convince you to take the leap. However, remember that pets are a huge responsibility. So only get one if you know you can handle it.

Posted on Jun 14, 2021
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