Kids and Pets Mix

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry says that “Taking care of a pet can help children develop social skills”.  In their article, “Pets and Children” they mention that there are also other benefits in owning pets, such as the child having someone to confide in (pets can’t blab), life lessons to be learned, physical activity and comfort.

Taking care of a pet is a lot of responsibility.  They mention a number of important guidelines to remember. They do caution that very young children should be monitored around pets and taught to be gentle and they remind parents that they are the role model.

Overall, having a pet can be a very rewarding experience for a child and can help them with their self-esteem. So, before you say “no” when your child asks for a pet, try to consider the benefits first, and then decide.

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