Kids and pets are a match made in heaven!
Having pets to take care of can help kids in more ways than one. They are more than just entertaining and fun; animals can teach kids about nurturing, companionship and responsibility. Then there are those important but difficult life lessons pets can impart, such as dealing with death and sickness.
Having a pet can also help your child’s physical state. A 2010 study showed that kids who had dogs on average, exercise 11 more minutes a day than those who didn’t have dogs. Playing with a dog or walking them can help get kids that much-need exercise and time outdoors. There’s also that plus factor of improving mental health by keeping kids away from their smartphones and the tv. Pet ownership in early childhood have also shown to help build immunity. Kids who had early contact with cats or dogs have fewer respiratory and ear infections.
It’s not always easy introducing pet ownership to a young family. Here are some tips to get your started:
Having a pet can be a wonderful experience for children. It is important that they also understand that this is a big responsibility and commitment for the lifetime of the animal.« Previous Next »