Owning a pet can be an extremely rewarding experience for any family. There are so many benefits that it becomes easy to get wrapped up in the idea of owning one. It’s not uncommon for a kid to think of all the fun benefits of owning a pet, without considering the negative. However, the decision is ultimately up to the parents as they need to ensure that the experience is a positive one where the pet receives the care they need for the duration of their life.
Any adult will realise there is a lot of patience, money, time and effort involved in owning a pet. But the trade-off is priceless. Sharing your home with an animal that will love you unconditionally it definitely well worth it if you can afford it. If you are a parent who is sitting on the fence, below are several positive reasons you might not have considered to bring a pet home for your kids.
Taking care of pets teaches responsibility
Assigning children pet chores is a great way of teaching responsibility. By giving them daily tasks, such as walking the dog, feeding the cat, or cleaning the fish tank, can teach kids the importance of following through with their duties. If they don’t, they could be letting their furry friend down!
Kids learn respect and empathy for others
Just like humans, animals also have physical and emotional needs. Owning a pet reminds children to treat them with care, play with them gently, and respect their need for space. When kids are taught to treat pets with love and compassion, this can easily impact how their relate to other human beings as well. Studies show that children who grow up interacting with animals are more empathetic, learning to put their needs above their own.
Pets contribute to a healthier lifestyle
There are numerous health benefits to owning a pet. Pet owners are reported to have lower blood pressure, less risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, a stronger immune system and are more physically active. Children who grow up in homes with pets also have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
Animals provide mental health benefits
Growing up isn’t always easy. Luckily having a pet can make it a lot easier. Having a pet can ward off feelings of loneliness and keep depression at bay. Owning pets has shown to help reduce blood pressure, stress, anxiety and depression in people of all ages. Pets are a comfort and owners normally have more self-confidence because of that.
Pets bring the family together
Families with pets are seen to interact with each other more than those without. Activities that revolve around your furry friend like taking Buddy for a walk or taking turns feeding Pancake often require teamwork and cooperation. Even sharing a funny anecdote about the time Charlie got his head stuck in a slice of bread helps keep communication alive and strengthen the family bond.
At Angel’s Paradise we encourage kindness and consideration to all living things.