5 reasons pets are good for a child
Pets teach children about responsibility
When we bought our Daisy dog home, our 8 year old learnt that she had to be responsible and walk her with us, even when she didn’t really want to. In the mornings when my hubby has left for work, it’s down to us to give Daisy her morning walk round the block. Not only is she being responsible, our daughter loves this morning walk which also wakes her (and me) up!
They help teach children about patience
With all of our pets, our 8 year old has learnt patience. From not petting them when they’re eating to not petting them when they’ve had flea treatment and they’ve got sticky necks! Though we always put the treatment on at night-time, she’s still had to learn.
and about respect
and they teach them about death
Sara-Jayne from Keep up with the Jones Family says: “Our huskies have been the best thing for the boys – they’ve taught them more life lessons than I could ever have imagined. When Casanova the oldest husky was diagnosed with cancer, they learned about life and heartache – and loss.”
Natalie from Plutonium Sox also says: “Teaches children about death. Much better for their first experience to be when a beloved pet dies than a family member. My children understood when close family died because they’d experienced the loss of a pet.”
finally, they don’t judge
When our daughter started school, she would come home and while I was sorting tea out in the kitchen, I would hear her chatting to our then-kittens about her day. She was in their world, telling her all about it. Any parent knows that often when we ask our children about their day, we’re told it was ‘okay’ or similar. By hearing her little chats with the pets, she was getting a little end-of-day therapy which was just lovely for her and us!
Louise from Pink Pear Bear says:”Pets don’t judge! If one of the kids is being a nightmare or having a bad day and takes themselves off for some alone time you can guarantee Barney our dog will go and join them and just sit quietly with them. He loves them regardless.”