While time, money and even a lack of interest on the part of the parent can mean the idea of getting a family pet is not exactly appealing. But there are a number of benefits to having a animal in the home, particularly if you have young kids who can take on some of the responsibility.
If you are considering a pet but have yet to fully convince either yourself or your partner, the following eight benefits may help you finally come to a decision.
1. Teaches kids responsibility
Whether you have a dog, hamster or even a fish, your youngster will learn a lot about responsibility when they are given the task of caring for their pet.
2. Kids will be less prone to allergies
The earlier your child is exposed to animals in the home the less likely they are prone to developing allergies or asthma, as they have built up a strong immune system.
3. Encourages them to exercise
Having a pet can encourage your child to exercise and get out in the fresh air, particularly if you have a dog that needs to be walked every day.
4. Can help them relax
Growing children can struggle to talk to family and friends about things that might frighten or worry them, and often confide in their pet. Gentle stroking and cuddles can also help your child relax.
5. Gives them comfort
There is nothing quite like a cuddle with your pet to help you feel comforted, and the same can be said for your children.
6. They can learn about consequence
Having a pet is a great way to teach your child about consequences and what happens if they don’t complete certain tasks.
7. Develop an understanding of discipline
Helping to train the family puppy or kitten is a great way to teach your child about discipline as they being to understand the importance of their pet doing what they are told.
8. They will be your child’s best friend
Pets are perfect playmates for kids who are struggling to make friends.