Why Pets are Important for Children

There are so many benefits that pets provide for kids! It's easy for children 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.

Children 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 trying to decide if this will work, here are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your children:

  • 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.

  • Children 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.

The Yellow room has a variety of pets. As was explained above pets provide an outlet for children. Pets foster kindness, nurturing behavior and empathy.

Pet suggestions (low maintenance) :

  • Goldfish

  • Box turtles

  • Snails

  • lady bugs

As children grow and show that they can take care of the low maintenance pets you can introduce a bird (parakeet, finch, canary etc…)

Allowing children to take care of pets is a  great thing for them.  You are letting them show that they can be responsible for and care for another living thing.


Shelley M. | Director

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