10 REASONS PETS ARE GOOD FOR KIDS By David Meyer, founder of Adopt-a-Pet.com
There are so many benefits that pets provide for kids! It’s easy for kids to get wrapped up in the idea of owning a new pet, but it’s up to their parents to make sure the experience is a positive one and that the pets receive the care they need for their entire lives.Kids tend to think of all the good, fun benefits of having a pet. Parents who are experienced, or even first-time pet owners, know there is a lot of patience, time and effort involved 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.For those parents sitting on the edge, here are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your kids:
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.
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.