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Why Your Kids Should Have A Pet

Most parents will, at one time or another, be asked by their children if
they can have a pet of some sort. Kids and pets go together like ham
and eggs on a Sunday morning. Most people agree that kids should
have pets. Not only does having a pet teach a child the responsibility
of caring for another living creature, but it creates a bond between the
child and the animal.

Pets ask for very little but give unconditional love to their owners.
Most children are interested in animals the minute they see these
creatures. According to many psychiatrists, children who grow up with
pets tend to be more caring towards other individuals.

In addition to creating empathy, pets can also raise a child’s self-esteem.

A pet will always be there for a child, even when it seems as
if nothing else is going right. There is a comfort that most people,
children, and adults, find in being unconditionally loved.

Studies of heart attack victims indicate that those who have pets are
four times more likely to recover from their heart attack than those
without pets. Pets calm us. They stabilize us in a highly unstable
world. No matter what is going on in your life, your pet will still want
to be walked at a certain time and you will do it because it is part of
your routine. Routines are the mainstay of a healthy mind. Routines are just as
important to children as they are to adults. One thing that children
like to feel more than anything else is safe. One way to get security in
your life and your child’s life is through a routine. Pets force us to
maintain a routine, making the entire family more balanced.

Just about everyone agrees that pets are good for kids. Even if it is a
simple goldfish swimming around in a bowl, pets can teach children so
many of life’s lessons that they are well worth the investment. The
type of pet that you get your kids depends upon their age as well as
your lifestyle.

When people think about getting a pet for their kids, they naturally
think about getting a dog. A dog is the only pet that really depends on
a social environment to survive. All dogs come from wolves
somewhere down the line and wolves are the only wild animal that will
cohabit with man. Dogs are natural companions for mankind. Other
pets are merely creatures that live in the house that you get to enjoy.

Dogs can be quite a lot of work, especially if you get the dog as a
puppy. There are certain dog breeds that you will want to avoid when
you have small children, for both the safety of the children and the
animals. Cats can make good pets, but they are not very tolerant of
small children who may pull their tails or squeeze them. Hamsters,
gerbils and other rodents are sometimes a wise choice for busy
families who want to have a pet but don’t really have a lot of time to
invest in the animal.
Other pets include fish and reptiles. Some people enjoy having birds
as well. Rabbits are always a favorite pet among young children and
can be held and played with like a cat, without having to worry about
scratching.

Chances are that your child will enjoy any type of pet that you give
them and learn to gradually take care of the animal. While some
people prefer to start off small when it comes to introducing their
children to pets, others jump right in with a dog. Either way, there is
always a period of disruption before everything gets harmonized.

Pets and children are a good combination and add joy to any
household. Both are innocent and dependent and require a lot of
patience. By getting your children a pet, you are not only teaching
them responsibility, building their self esteem and confidence and
giving them the opportunity to care for another living creature, you
are also giving yourself the gift of receiving unconditional love from a
pet.



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