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Children and benefits of owning pet animals

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Pets bring joy to our lives, be it an excited old puppy or a sweet lazy cat. The benefits of owning a pet go beyond simple pure joy. Especially kids can learn and evolve a lot in their growing years in the presence of a pet. There are several benefits of owning a pet for kids.

Children who have pets learn responsibility and care at a young age, which can be very beneficial to them as they grow up. This teaches kids responsibility for something other than themselves and helps them develop a mindset that is not self-centric. Taking care of a pet can also make them feel independent and responsible.

Kids learn empathy in the presence of pets

Your kids learn to understand others’ needs and empathise with others and look out for them. This affects their friendships and relationships of all kinds after they grow up.

Kids grow up to be confident and responsible adults

The idea of taking care of someone else is very empowering, especially for little minds. Which is why kids grow up as confident individuals. Anyone with a pet knows that taking care of a pet is a big responsibility and if kids even do a small part in this, it will go a long way to help them become responsible adults.

Pets can be very therapeutic

Many physical and emotional health benefits come from owning pets. They help calm people with anxiety and help lower blood pressure. Animals like dogs make for great therapy animals and they also help individuals that have trouble everyday tasks.

Animals help to socialise

Kids with pets tend to be friendly and can get along really well. This can do wonders when they are adults.

When responsibilities are well-paced and communicated, a child can benefit greatly from involvement in bringing up a happy and healthy pet. And of course, if a child doesn’t have a pet in their own household, they can still benefit from all of the above while visiting a friend who does!

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Ramya E.

The author is a counselor and lifeskills trainer who has trained over 2000 students. She holds an M.Sc. in Psychology.

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