Pets have always been a source of great joy, love and comfort for those who are lucky to have them. Some families avoid getting pets in fear of their child’s health or safety. However, contrary to that belief, having a furry or feathered friend in the family can be beneficial, especially in the case of the little ones.
Growing up with pets will not just provide your child with a constant and loyal companion, but will also impart a sense of responsibility. To further prove our point, listed below six benefits of growing up with a pet.Source: https://animalfair.com/2017/10/16/kids-dogs-prevent-dog-attacks/
Bottling up emotions may result in adverse effects. With a pet companion, your child will have a safe figure to pour his/her emotions on without the fear of being judged or criticised. In other words, a furry friend will help provide an emotionally safe environment.Expressing empathy
Children can also learn to empathise from keeping pets. The process of caring for the pet holds multiple lessons on learning about empathy. From lavishing Kitty with hugs or cuddling with Rover, every action can help to build a sense of empathy within your child.Improving social and verbal skills
We’ve come across kids carrying conversations with their pets before they learn to speak. This interaction encourages your kid to work on his verbal skills. This is beneficial in the long run as studies have shown that reading to a pet will help your child master the skill of being a confident reader. The presence of a non-judgemental and patient figure encourages them to speak up and develop their skills.Build confidence and a sense of responsibility
With the constant companion of a loyal friend (especially in their formative years) kids will be able to grow to be more confident in life. Holding the responsibility of taking care of a pet also boosts this. Because they have been trusted from a young age, it helps them grow in confidence while developing a sense of responsibility.Strengthen immune system
One of the few reasons why parents are hesitant to have a pet is because of the potential development of allergies. However, it has been proven that households with pets result in kids with stronger immune systems when compared to children in households without pets. This may be because the exposure to the pets and the microbes they carry prepare your child’s developing immune system to fight it off.Animal therapy
Studies have also shown that petting or brushing your pet will help to lower blood pressure as well as reduce stress and anxiety. This benefits both adults and children and can be very beneficial during stressful moments.