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Having A Pet Is A Great Benefit For Both Parents And Kids

Date October 13, 2017

It is hard to feel lonely, especially when you are a little kid. Nothing can bring you joy and brighten your mood. Even if you are just a little newborn who spends his days eating and sleeping and then eating some more, you still need a lot of attention, love, and care. And this is where having a pet becomes a real benefit. And if you want to spend time with your pet even more interesting, try to give him one of these cute things:

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There are a few ways both you and your kids may benefit from having a pet:

1. Pets make your kids more active.

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main problems of our days. And there is no easier way to make your kids play outside and stay active but to get them a dog. Especially, if your children were the ones who started talking about getting a furry friend.

Even if you are not the biggest fan of dogs, you can always find some other pet that needs to be taken outside at least twice a day.

2. Pets boost their owners' self-esteem.

A low self-esteem is something every kid faces at some point in life. Having a true and loyal friend, even if he or she has four paws and lots of fur, helps solve this problem. According to a report from the Pet Health Council organization, kids with low self-esteem feel more comfortable talking to animals instead of humans. They also are more comfortable when performing difficult tasks if they go through it with a pet, because in contrast to other kids or adults, an animal does not care if there were any mistakes made.

3. Pets help kids with learning.

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According to a 2011 study, having a pet around helps your kid learn faster and perform better. The study shows that second-graders who read out loud to dogs felt less stressed than their peers who were only reading in a presence of a teacher. Plus, a dog gives kids nonjudgmental support, which is also very important for a child.

So, next time your kid will need to read some text or memorize a poem, try to offer them to read these texts and poems to their pets.

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4. Pets help your kids make friends with other people.

You will never find a truer friend for your kids than a little furry pet. But having a pet also improves the kids' social skills. A 2015 study published in Harvard Health Publications shows that pets help their owners make friends with other humans and make it easier for them to find social support. So, if your kid wants to have a lot of friends, getting a cute kitten or a smart little dog may be the first step in the right direction.

5. Pets teach kids to be more caring.

One of the most important things your kid may learn from having a pet is how to care for others. It does not matter what kind of a pet you will get them: you kids will still need to feed it in time, play with it, and keep its place nice and clean.

When interacting with animals on a daily basis, children get a chance to learn and practice on how to be a caregiver. In the future, these skills will help them become not only a better person but also a better parent.

6. Pets care for our kids just like we do.

A pet gives a little child what they need the most: support, care, and unconditional love. And sometimes, they show it in a very touching way.

For example, look at this little Yorkie dog. Despite its small size, the dog takes care of a little infant as good as it can.

Do you have a pet who has been your friend for years? Leave a comment below and share your story with us.

Source: Parents.com

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