How kids benefit from keeping a pet

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Whether it’s a furry pooch or a purring cat; a two winged birdie or a multi-finned goldie; most kids want to keep pets of all kinds as they not only feel thrilled at the chance of having a play buddy for themselves but also someone to share their personal time with.

Both adults as well as kids not only feel at peace around pets but they also learn a lot from them; which is a lot more than caring about each other.

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The advantages of pet ownership for kids are beyond just cuddling them. So, if you’re thinking if bringing a pet at home to the kids is a good idea or not; these reasons will help.

1. Stress busters

Playing with pets or going outdoors with them or simply cuddling them make kids feel rejuvenated. Not just them; even the adults enjoy getting the special attention from these adorable pets that eventually eases them off after a tiresome day. Hugging a pet when one is feeling low also relaxes a person for the comfort he/ she feels of having someone around to cheer him/ her up.

2. Values

With a pet at home, even a tiny tot can learn a lot from how you take care of it. With these wonderful creatures around, kids can learn to be more responsible (how to take care of the pets, giving them food, etc.) other than being loving, caring and kind towards others.

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3. Boosts energy levels

Scientific studies show than having a pet can keep kids happier and keep their mood pepped up too, while making them feel energetic and lively. Just knowing that they have someone they can play with or even talk to without being judged makes kids bond with their pets even more.

4. Learning

As kids grow up, encouraging them to read about their pets and how to take care of them or train them can help them learn more about pets and animals in general; while helping them become more interested in reading in general as well. It is also scientifically proven that kids tend to talk/ read in front of a non-judgmental friend like a dog, which helps them open up and become more confident too! Just playing outdoors with a pet can help them enjoy studying or exercising even more.

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5. Social, cognitive, emotional, therapeutic

Kids with pets are more reachable by other children of their age, helping them to interact and befriend more people. With pets around, kids want to learn more about their behaviour and how to take care of them. Petting an animal helps kids become kind, loving and relaxed. Children who are shy or upset about something tend to open up to their pets that prove to be a great comforting confidant for them.

Other than some children being allergic around animals, keeping a pet is a joyous experience for most of us. Because it is only with them that we understand the true meaning of unconditional love and companionship.

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What are the most cherished moments your child has shared with your pet?

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