Is your child badgering you for a pet?
Not sure you want something else to be cleaning up after – along with your kids and hubby?
According to experts, there are HEAPS of benefits for your kids growing up with an animal in the house…
Study reveals kids who grow up with pets are more emotionally intelligent as adults
Many studies reveal children learn how to take care of something else, initially by observing their parents, when they have an animal.
Kids with pets feel more empathy towards other people and animals
In fact, experts claim they are more likely to feel more empathy towards other people and other animals if they have a family pet.
Kids with pets are more emotionally intelligent
Some studies have even found that children who have pets as kids are more emotionally intelligent, and this has also been been linked to academic success.
Kids with pets have higher self-esteem
Researchers Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda, authors of the book The Waltham Book of Human–Animal Interaction, found that children had a boost in their self-esteem when they had responsibilities taking care of animals.
Research has found that children with low self-esteem showed great progress after they spent nine months taking care of a classroom pet.
Kids with pets have a better understanding of the cycle of life
What’s more, children with pets are said to have a better understanding of the cycle of life, dealing with loss when their pet dies. Death can be a painful process, but it’s also a learning experience.
“The way in which their parents and others near to them deal with the situation will have an influence on how children cope with death in general throughout their lives,” write Endemburg and Baarda.
“At the other end of an animal’s life is birth. For most children the birth of animals is an exciting moment that can give parents the opportunity to explain how life begins and can form part of sex education.”
Kids with pets are less stressed
Pets also help a child’s cognitive development, as they may read to them or talk to them. This will also help reduce stress.
“Pet ownership might facilitate language acquisition and enhance verbal skills in children,” say Endemburg and Baarda.
“This would occur as a result of the pet functioning both as a patient recipient of the young child’s babble and as an attractive verbal stimulus, eliciting communication from the child in the form of praise, orders, encouragement and punishment.”
Kids with pets are more active, less moody and have less obedience problems
Another study taken by statisticians from the RAND Corporation looked at data from 5,191 children. 2,236 had a family dog or cat, while 2,955 lived in homes with no animals.
Researchers found that kids with pets were generally better off than those who did not have a pet.
They were said to have better general health, were more physically active, less moody, had less behavioural problems, great learning capabilities and were more obedient.
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