If you’re thinking of adopting a pet for your child, we guarantee it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll have made for a long time. Your child will no doubt have started asking you for a sidekick and you’ll be wondering what benefits a new member of the family will bring.
The bond established between a pet and a child will last a lifetime. It will be the perfect complement to their social relationships and will teach them important values, such as love and respect. It will help your child express feelings and emotions. Your child will learn non-verbal communication, develop empathy and gain an endless amount of self-esteem.
You’ll be happy to know that children with pets also develop a better immune system and are less likely to develop food allergies or asthma.
Remember that pets are demanding and require a certain amount of responsibility, which will be central to your child’s personal development. Having a pet will also relieve loneliness and if you have an only child your decision will be doubly wise.
A study carried out by the Affinity Foundation Observatory concluded that 8 out of 10 children between the ages of 9 and 12 prefer to play with their dog or cat rather then with video games. A further example of the bond that may develop between a child and their pet.
Your pet will also need space and time to relax, so it’s a good idea to teach both him and your child what the limits are.
Find out what kind of dog or cat would be most suitable for your environment and decide to adopt. Your child will have a friend to live with and lots of experiences he will remember forever. They will run, jump and make mischief together until they drop.
A relationship based on affection that will help your child become a better person.