5 reasons having pets is good for raising young children
They teach kids values
Having a pet is a big responsibility. This is something that even a toddler can pick up early on. Your child will learn that pets need to be taken care just like people do. The adults will be doing most of the work, of course. But a toddler can learn the importance of being kindle, the value of responsibility.
They are good for everyone's health
Researchers have found that children exposed to dogs or cats are less than half as likely to develop common allergies than those who had no pets at home. Studies in 2012 have also shown that children who lived with dogs has fewer respiratory problems and less frequent ear infections.
They boost self-esteem
Children's self-esteem and self-confidence is influenced by the positive feelings they develop for pets. When there's a lovable domestic animal to talk to and play with, a growing toddler is sure to feel better about himself.
They are good for children who have learning difficulties
Children with autism or other learning difficulties may find it hard to interact with people. However, some find themselves interacting better with pets, which will help them learn to do so with people. Also, playing with pets help regulate stress to help overcome frustration caused by their learning disabilities.
They encourage nurturing
A professor of developmental studies have found that adults learn to be nurturing not by being nurtured as a child, but by practicing being caregivers when young. Pets make for a great way for young children to learn how to take care of another living being.