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Pets with children


Perhaps the most sought-after gift that children always ask for is a family pet. Kids love the idea of having a puppy or a kitten to play with. Most parents go back and forth, debating on whether or not a pet is right for their situation. Pets can teach children a number of lessons. Below are just a handful of benefits that children receive from having a family pet.

The most obvious lesson a child can learn from a pet is responsibility. Don’t be fooled, a young child does not have the capacity to fully care for an animal. But, as the child grows, he or she will develop more and more caretaking responsibilities. What starts as teaching proper petting soon leads to instruction on proper feeding habits, grooming habits and exercise habits. If taught the right way, a child can learn how to care for an animal and the consequences of not taking responsibility.

Children can also learn how to care for others by having a family pet. By taking on responsibility, they learn what it means to truly care of another. For instance, grooming a dog shows the child that there is responsibility involved in taking care of a pet. At the same time, the child strengthens his or her relationship with the animal, turning a lesson into love.

There’s a reason dogs are deemed “man’s best friend.” If you’ve ever had a dog, then you know how true that statement is. A dog will develop a relationship with his human family; and out of the relationship comes a deep loyalty to the family. The child will, in turn, have a loyal friend: a friend that is always there to play with or to turn to in tough situations.

Just like any good friend, a dog will become a great playmate! A dog can get your child away from the television and out into the yard. They can play games together and exercise together. A dog always has time, and is more than willing, to play with a child.

Dogs are not the only pets that provide all of these benefits to children. All pets can teach responsibility, while acting as best friends and even better play mates. It’s up to you to teach your child how to properly care for any pet. Children cannot be expected to know how to do things until they are taught. They can also not be expected to always take responsibility for an animal. So, if you’re thinking of bringing a pet into the home, make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to the purpose.

There are many reasons why a child should grow up with an animal in the home. Pets can teach children all sorts of lessons, including responsibility, kindness, and love. Animals also make great friends and playmates for a child. So, if you’re trying to find a way to get your kid off the couch, consider bringing a pet into your home!


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