But many recent studies have demonstrated that there are tremendous benefits for children when you have a pet in the home. The benefits of having a pet are more than just bonding between the child and the pet.
Let us have a look at 4 amazing benefits of having a family pet for your child development.
Bonding with Animals
Many children, and a lot of grown ups too, are terrified of certain animals. It depends but it can be even ordinary animals like dogs, hamsters or cats. This happens mostly in two situations.
Either the child came across an animal that hurt it or because the child has never had the chance to own a family pet to be close with. In such a situation children develop an unfounded fear of animals which they start treating as threats because they have not been part of the normal child environment.
When you own a family pet, you negate all this and this means that your children do not view domesticated pets as creatures to be fearful of.
In the developed parts of the world, the general environments are sterile and the result is that our children are not getting exposed to enough types of bacteria and harmful stimulants. This means that their immunities do not develop as strong as these can be.
Those children who grow up in a house with pets are more exposed to allergens and bacteria and the result is that they are less likely to develop allergies and diseases because their immune system has been fortified.
Benefits of pets for children are not just limited to games and fun, though it is the most enjoyable part of having a pet. Pets have their needs and some of the basic ones are feeding them, cleaning, exercising and watering.
You can teach your children about responsibilities by delegating some of the easy responsibilities out of these. Learning to be responsible is very central to child’s mental development. And when a child owns a pet, he or she learns it firsthand.
Bonding and Friendship
Most of the time, a family pet starts to become more of a family members and less of a pet. This can be a rewarding experience for children. A lot of children develop very strong bonds with their pets and consider them their close friends.
Pets are there to comfort us when we are feeling sad and they provide us a listening ear when you need to get the steam out because we are angry. Pets also teach very important lesson to your child and that is how to handle grief.
Because of all these amazing reasons, owning a family pet is a great step towards helping in a child’s development. In fact, with the advent of technology it has also become possible to own a digital pet for your child without all the needs for cleaning etc.