Pets are often seen as extended members of the family. I know that’s how I see mine. My dog Pebbles has been with me through a marriage, a pregnancy, a divorce, a new marriage, and a second pregnancy. She is there to give unconditional love anytime I want or need it.
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These features are seen in many pets. From hamsters to parrots, here are the reasons raising children with pets is good for their development.
- Pets Give Unconditional Love. This is especially important for only children or those who don’t get along well with their siblings. The companionship eradicates loneliness.
- Pets Give People Something To Talk About. When children are trying to start conversations they can sometimes run out of things to talk about. Pets always give them a topic.
- Pets Discourage Bullying. By encouraging your children to be more nurturing they learn to be more empathetic which aids in the decrease in a bullying mentality.
- Pets Can Boost A Child’s Immunity. Several studies have shown that early exposure to indoor pets, especially dogs, can drastically decrease the chance for children to develop indoor and outdoor allergies. Also a decrease in the rate of asthma has been seen.