Having a family pet doesn’t just mean that you have another living creature to take care of, when you have kids a pet actually offers much more to your kids life than you realize. There are many things a pet can teach kids, and today I wanted to share 5 reasons pets are good for kids.
5 Reasons You Should Have a Family Pet
Pets are Therapeutic
Pets have been known to help people who have various health problems become healthier. Petting a dog or a cat can often decrease blood pressure and calm anxiety. Your family pet doesn’t need to have a therapy certificate to have therapeutic value to your kids.
Enhance Reading Skills
If you have a kid suffering from anxiety with learning how to read, you will find having them read to the family pet can actually help them learn to read quicker. Just like the therapeutic value, when your kids read to the pet they are calm and often struggle less with reading aloud.
Sibling Bond Increases
Sharing the responsibility of taking care of the family pet can encourage team work among siblings. When kids have to help feed, water and take the pet out during the day they start to develop a close bond over a common interest, their pet.
Stronger Social Skills
It has been proven that all human beings talk at a calmer pace when socializing with their pets. It’s a scientific proof that pets have helped autistic children be more social and helped the average child speak more fluently. For some reason the therapeutic value of your family pet goes beyond just keeping the kids calm.
Whatever your reasons are for thinking about getting a family pet it’s important to know that your decision will pay off much more than you realize. Having a family pet that an grow old with your kids will not only allow them to learn how to take proper care of another living creature, but it will teach them many life lessons along the way.