September 21st, 2017
No matter which type of pet you decide to have in the house, there’s no doubt they’ll bring their owners (both young and old) plenty of joy. However, the advantages of pet ownership go well beyond the fact that they’re cute, cuddly and lots of fun.
Encourages learning and development
Having a pet helps kids improve their motor skills and also increases overall activity. A little bit of exercise every day can be seriously beneficial to children. And, as pets are like the non-judgemental friend you never had, your child won’t be afraid to learn through making mistakes as your pet will be providing support without judgment.
Children can gain confidence by being in charge of taking care of a pet. Kids as young as three years old would be able to manage simple tasks such as filling the pet’s water and food bowls. As your child gets older, he can groom and walk the pet. These activities would cultivate a routine and lead to your child being more aware of tasks which they are liable for, in turn making them more responsible and independent.
Improves social skills
Pets give not only social and emotional support but also cognitive language skill support to children. A pet’s mere presence provides verbal stimulus to help your child practice conversing and socialising with another being. Pets have also shown to be beneficial for children with special needs as they tend to interact more verbally, and for longer periods, when they are playing with pets, than with inanimate objects.
A final note
Despite their multiple benefits, you might want to consider a few things:
The pet you choose needs to meet the needs and energy level of both your child, as well as the schedule and resources of your family.
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