“Pets are part of many children’s lives. Parental involvement, open discussion, and planning are necessary to help make pet ownership a positive experience for everyone. A child who learns to care for an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently, may get invaluable training in learning to treat people the same way,” according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Yes, there are many benefits to a child who’s been raised with pets. They develop self-confidence and healthy self-esteem due to the positive feelings that they get from caring properly for pets. They also learn how to build trusting relationships from their experiences with pets. In addition to these, children grow up more compassionate, considerate, patient, and kind.
Here are more advantages of raising children with pets:
- Children can safely share their thoughts and secrets with pets — the way they do with plush toys.
- Pets provide kids with the opportunity to learn important facts about life, such as birth, diseases, accidents, death, and grief.
- By caring for pets, children learn to be responsible.
- Pets enable kids to be in touch with nature.
- Kids also learn to be respectful of other living things from the way they love their pets.
- Pets also fill up a child’s other physical and emotional needs, such being physically active through play and exercise, comfort and companionship, love, loyalty, and resilience when a pet passes away.
But experts also advise that parents must choose the appropriate pet for their kids. Pets should not be too big or too rough for young children. They should also supervise very young kids (3-4 years old) when they interact with pets since both kids and pets can be impulsive. Kids under 10 years old should not be tasked to care for pets on their own, as well. It’s not within their capability yet. Parents should also be their children’s role models for responsible pet ownership.
In this viral video, a couple’s baby boy is having a most enjoyable time learning new things through their two dogs. By chasing after the dogs, their son learns to crawl efficiently. Playing with their dogs has also strengthened his limbs – now he can also run around.
Best of all, this baby boy is learning how to love animals — knowledge that in later life will be useful in his relationship with other people and nature.