Often time kids get wrapped up in having a pet when they fall in love with the neighbor’s ever so cute dog or when their best friend brings their cat to school for show and tell.
It is very easy for children to get caught up in the glamour and hype of a pet but it is the parent who needs to remain sensible and determine if a pet is in the best interest of everyone in the family.
There are many benefits of having a pet that I would like to share with you. For those of you who have already had a pet in your home you already know that the time and effort put into adopting and caring for a pet is well worth the unconditional love they give back.
For those of you who have never had a pet the following should convince you that the benefits of a pet outweigh any temporary inconvenience.
Once you bring a pet into your home, no matter what type of pet it is, be it a bird, fish, cat or dog, the pet has to be taken care of.
It is very helpful for even the youngest of your children to be assigned some responsibility for taking care of the pet. For example, with a fish it needs to be fed and the water needs to be changed.
You can have the younger children be in charge of feeding it while the older ones can make sure the water is taken care of, whether it be a simple fish bowl or a more sophisticated aquarium.
Of course, other pets like dogs and cats, will require more care; but the chores of taking care of these pets will vary in complexity and the younger children will be able to take care of the easier ones.
The amount of responsibility that a child learns from taking care of a pet can only serve them well for the rest of their life.
There is scientific data that shows that children who have a pet are better off mentally. That they have less stress and are less likely to be depressed.
These children are also more well-adjusted than those kids who don’t have one. It has also been shown that anxiety and loneliness is reduced in those kids who have a pet that they can hug and cuddle with.
It has been shown that taking care of a pet and sharing responsibility for this, as well as the contact with a pet, increases the bond between children in a household.
This Kinship bond is not only strengthened but it serves to help these children in later life in forging new relationships with others.
Just think of it Mom and Dad, with greater kinship ties this could only mean less fighting amongst the kids resulting in a much calmer family life.
The health benefits that pets bring to the family are not only found in the children but also the adults. People with a pet have been shown to have lower blood pressures as well as lower cholesterol levels.
These benefits also extend to children who may be experiencing these issues. If you have a dog the walking of the dog can only lead to a healthy heart and a healthy weight.
Contrary to what common sense would tell you families with pets have children who are less likely to develop allergies later in life.
Having a pet also serves as a way to meet people or to have something in common to talk about with people.
Just think about how having a dog and walking it down the street attracts those who have pets of their own. They stop to pet your dog or to share their dog stories. Even if it is a cat or fish they too will serves as a shared interest that you can share socially.
When people visit the house the kids are anxious to show the company and quickly forget any anxiousness they had about strangers stopping buy.
Of course you don’t just want to go out and buy a pet just to have one. Sit down and discuss how everyone feels about getting a pet.
Discuss what type of pet may be best for your family. If you live in an apartment and you everyone is gone all day you may not want to get a dog.
I hope this has helped you to see the benefits a pet may have for your family. Good luck in your endeavor.