Meet Charlie my new rescue dog & why pets are brilliant for the whole family.
Posted by: Sue Atkins
Benefits to owning pets.
Children naturally see the fun side to owning a pet and as parents you probably see the responsibilities and ties. Yes you’ll need patience, time and effort but that the payoff of sharing your home and life is the unconditional love a well-cared-for pet gives. It’s well worth it.
If you’re being nagged and haven’t quite made up your mind here are a few positive reasons you might not have thought of around having a pet.
- Children who grow up in homes with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
- Playing with dogs may help lower blood pressure.
- Kids with pets get outside more—to go for walks, run and play—and enjoy all the associated health benefits.
- Pet owners require fewer doctor’s visits.
- Young emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet!
- Nurturing a pet is an acceptable way for boys to “parent play”—to practice being caregivers.
- Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility.
- Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem.
- Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings.
- Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.
Having a relationship with a pet can help develop such skills as:
- Nurturing skills
- A caring attitude
Studies have shown that children with pets:
- Have higher self esteem
- Have improved social skills
- Are more likely to be physically active, and less likely to be overweight or obese
Pet ownership also has a beneficial effect on family harmony. Research shows that families with a pet:
- Spend a lot more time interacting
- Have a basis for fun activities and friendly conversation including the important topics of life
The relaxation and relief from stress provided by animal companionship also yields health benefits for parents. In comparison with their pet-free counterparts, pet owners:
- Have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Have fewer minor illnesses and complaints
- Visit the doctor less often
Of course being a responsible pet owner means that you need to pause to ponder the size of pet you want – is it a small hamster or if it’s a dog you need to consider the breed you bring home, their needs, the size they will grow to and of course the toilet training & chewing stage. Also toddlers pull tails so be aware that while owning a dog can be a delightful family experience and has enormous benefits for your kids and the family, you need to be aware of the risk of injury from dog bites! Don’t leave children unattended.
Right, I’m off for walk in the sunshine with Charlie.