Pets are a great addition to your home. They offer many social benefits to kids. Whether you have one child or more than one, a pet can increase your quality of life.
What is it about pets that make them so valuable? You see them in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. People seem to improve in health when pets are around.
Children can also profit from living with a pet. Physically, they can improve their health by walking their dog and spending time playing outside. There are also socialization skills that can be learned from exposure to a pet.
Spiritual Benefits of Having Pets
There is no better way to become more spiritual than when you reach out to help another. Reaching out to help another does not necessarily mean just to your human counterparts. Reaching out to your pet and playing, bathing, walking, caring, and just cuddling with them is an excellent way to become more spiritual. When you take care of a pet that is helpless and unable to help themselves, what more spiritual act is there than that?
So, what are the benefits to children? Here are a few reasons to own a pet.
1. Conversation starter
It can be awkward making new friends. With a pet, there is something with which to ease into a conversation. Kids can break the ice by talking about your child’s new pet.
2. A way to meet new people
People with pets are more likely to talk to each other. If you pass with a dog in the park, you will say hello and might even stop for a few words about your animals as they sniff each other out. This is a good social experience for kids of all ages.
3. Offer companionship
For families with one child, having no siblings can hinder some social interaction. Having a pet offers companionship to your child. They have someone to confide in and talk to. Pets are quite sensitive to the attitudes and needs of their owners.
4. Understand various forms of communication
Since animals can’t talk, it is up to the owners to learn to communicate with them. This can increase their understanding of non-verbal communication between people which can help them in all types of social situations.
5. Gain self-confidence
Caring for something other than themselves can increase their belief in their own abilities. Self-confident kids are more productive in school and in social situations. Pets give unconditional love which bolsters a kid’s esteem.
6. Reduce stress
Stress is not just an adult condition. Children experience stress as well. Owning a pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. During test-taking time or social problems, a pet can ease any discomfort.
7. Sounding board
When you need to talk, your pet will be right there. They exhibit unconditional love to their owners, reinforcing that they care. And, pets don’t talk so they won’t reveal any secrets.
8. Learning to play
Pets, especially dogs, have a real need for exercise. Kids can run, laugh, tumble and cuddle with their pet. Even if they are an only child, they can learn how to share and take turns by spending time with their pet.
Pets can help your child to socialize better from an earlier age.