Parents always want what’s best for their children, whether this is by limiting their time in front of the T.V, by eating healthy or simply by sleeping early. However sometimes parents fail to see the importance of having a pet growing up with their children. Aside from building great memories, having a pet in the house actually serves some pretty incredible purposes when it comes to the emotional development and even physical health of kids.
So here are 5 reasons why children are better off growing up with dogs
- Dogs are a great way to learn about responsibility
Pets can sometimes be tough, but giving a child the responsibility of taking care of a pet is great. Feeding, walking and bathing a dog can be a great example of being responsible for someone else.
- Kids with dogs are more active
Pets, especially dogs, require a lot of activity. Research shows that children who grow up with dogs have spent more time doing physical activities than those without. This way also you don’t have to wonder who will take the dog out for a walk !
- Kids who live with dogs get sick less
Scientists have found that kids who grow up around dogs are 50% less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those who grow up without a dog.
This goes to the fact that dogs expose our children to more germs and bacteria which by time strengthens children’s immunity.
- Pets lead to family bonding
The shared responsibility of the pet can help build a bond between family members, as you can all go for a walk together or even play catch. They also grow closer through their common love of their pet.
- Kids with pets have higher self-esteem and social skills
A pet’s love is like no other, whether you have a pet or not, you know that a pet’s love, especially a dog, is unconditional. That love can be the acceptance a child or teen needs to accept themselves. Having that relationship present helps develop the child’s social and emotional skills that will be valuable later on in their life
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: PUPLIFE , Distractify , Pulptastic , Oprah
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