More than just cuddle companions or playtime buddies, pets also provide many other benefits to your kids. This makes owning a pet a rewarding experience. And as your child gets the most support from their pet, it would be great to know how pet ownership positively affects your kids in more ways than one. Let us dive into these valuable life lessons.
Helps improve your child’s motor skills and increases overall activity.
As kids run or walk with their pets, their bodies are also in motion allowing them to develop muscle growth and improved breathing. They tend to be stronger than other children with sedentary living such as those who play only with their electronic gadgets.
Facilitates social interaction and friendship formation.
As the pet-child relationship grows, children develop the values of care, loyalty and belongingness. Apart from these, their ability to communicate improves over time, because they tend to express themselves better as they speak with their pet.
Initiates higher self-esteem.
Pets usually look up to their humans and believe in them. This trait is characterized in their ability to follow commands. When the child gives a command to the pet, and the pet responds positively, this results to a pleasant feeling. This positivity helps the child develop self-confidence and higher self-esteem for doing something right.
Helps kids excel in school.
Since they are physically stronger, socially aware and confidently prepared, they become more attentive in class and all sorts of school activities. Their overall good performance in school definitely leads to high grades.
Stimulates sense of responsibility.
Taking good care of pets makes kids more responsible in life. And the combination of improved motor skills and good comprehension encourages them to follow instructions as instructed by elders. They tend to be more capable in completing tasks at home and in school such as performing simple household chores and accomplishing homework.
Reduces loneliness and anxiety when parents go to work.
For as long as children know that there is a pet who could keep them company, then there is a great reduction of “separation anxiety”. Their attention is drawn towards the pet and so they can permit their parents to leave the house freely without worrying of any tantrum, moodiness, or temperamental behavior.
Provides support when a child is sick.
There is something about pets that makes them more lovable and that is there being clingy when their owner is sick. They do understand when a child is not feeling well and so they tend to stay up close to provide comfort and warmth. This somehow makes the child feel better.
Improves immunity and lessens your child’s visit to the doctor.
Except for kids with asthma, children with pets have stronger immune system making them combat allergy-causing diseases. The totality of motor development brought about by their playtime activities helps the child develop proper breathing and precise sensory performance. All these contribute to good health and therefore reduce trips to the pediatrician.
Removes a child’s tantrums and moodiness.
“Cats and dogs are great companions. They will never make you feel lonely, always climbing onto you before you leave and waiting for you right by the window to come home” says Olivia Williams from MyPetNeedsthat.com. When kids are exposed to this, any bad mood turns into a happy disposition.
Helps the child become more obedient.
Pets are used to following commands especially when they are being trained. When your child sees this, he or she is more likely to follow commands as instructed by their parents. And this is what makes kids who have pets more obedient than other children.
While pets are known primarily to be good companions, they too can be perceived as teachers, healers, therapists, and most of all best friends.