Have your kids been begging you about getting a pet? If you’ve never had a pet you may think they’re just a hassle, shed like crazy, and smell up the house- but that’s not all true. Don’t be too quick to judge; family pets are not only loving and entertaining, but studies show that pets can actually help children become better adults.
1. A Pet Will Keep You Active.
Is your child always sitting in front of a computer or TV? Having a pet is an effective way to keep your children active. Pets will keep them away from the TV or computer, and help keep them moving. Dogs love to go on walks and play outside, so having your child throw a ball around with them, or taking them on walks around the yard will be a good way to keep them both active. Cats love to play with a variety of toys, so having your child interact with the cat and its toy will keep them moving.
2. Pets Help Children Be More Responsible.
“Who’s going to take care of it?” Sound familiar? This is probably the most common question parents ask their children who want a pet. Children are prone to losing interest in things rather quickly, but this would be a good lesson. You can’t lose interest of something you have to take care of. Teaching your children the responsibility and roles of caring for another living thing is a huge learning experience for them. It’s also a great way to prepare them for the future when it comes to responsibility and care.
3. Pets Will Always Be Good Companions.
As soon as you walk through the door your pet will be there to greet you with kisses and love. So, if you’re having the worst day and think nothing could ever cheer you up, think again! Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face even if you don’t want to. They are also great listeners, if need feel like you need to chat. Oh, and pets don’t judge, interrupt you, or even tell your deepest, darkest secrets.
4. Pets Are Great Confidence Builders.
When children try new things, it can often be nerve-wracking. For example, when your child is starting to begin the reading stages, they often get frustrated or embarrassed if they are struggling. Pets are great listeners, and will never judge if your child happens to stumble over a word or take a longer time to read a paragraph. Once your child practices more of their reading to their loving pet, they’ll be ready to read in front of an audience.
5. Pets Can Help Your Children Socialize More
It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? …That a pet can improve your social skills. Well, pets are a great way to start interaction with other people. Especially if you’re out walking the dog with your child around the neighborhood. It’s a great way to start up a conversation with other people walking the neighborhood because your dog will run up and give some love to other people. It’s not just dogs that help build your social skills though. If your child knows someone who has a pet cat, that’s a fantastic way to start a conversation. Every kid loves to talk about their pets.
6. Pets can Help Manage Anger and Teach Your Child to be Kind.
Being kind and caring for another living thing is something that can’t be taught in school. It takes more of a hands-on experience. Pets are naturally loving animals, and they don’t respond well when you’re angry towards them. In a situation like this, it’s good way for your child to learn how to appropriately control their anger.
7. Pets Can Influence Learning
When you bring a pet into your home, children tend to ask millions of questions. “Are all pets like this?”, “What other pets are there?”, “What do they look like?” All these pet questions…This is a wonderful way to get your child to want to learn more. The internet has everything your child wants to know about pets, and even buying them a book or two will help them learn more about a topic they’re interested in.
8. Pets Can be Great Friends
Do you happen to live in the middle of nowhere, far away from everyone you know? A pet is a great friend to keep your child active and entertained, even if they are far away from all their friends.
9. Pets Can Help Build Trust
Pets are perfect for spilling your secrets to, or simply just telling them about your day. They will always curl up next to you and listen to everything you have to say. Pets are the perfect trusted companions for children, and it’ll help your child build trust in other relationships, too.
10. Pets Can Help with Your Child’s Patience.
When getting a new pet, it often takes time to teach them everything, and for them to become comfortable in your home. This teaches your child to be patient with them when it comes to training and making them as comfortable as possible.
Pets can be a significant impact on a child’s life. To teaching them responsibility, helping them learn, and helping them socialize, all of which are very important when becoming an adult. So, don’t be so quick to judge if your child wants a furry friend. Take it into consideration and look at all the options. You never know how much your child will learn from it!