Kids and Pets: How Raising Pets Affects Children

How raising pets affects children
Thinking of getting a pet?

Maybe you’re hesitating because you’re afraid it might not be good to have pets around kids. What if my child gets bitten or is allergic? Aside from these worries (which you have to check, by the way, because it might endanger your kids’ lives), there are actually a lot of reasons as to why it is beneficial to have your children grow up with pets.

Alright, this may be a bit of a bias as a person who grew up with pets and loved every moment of it. But there are scientific and psychological proofs that pets do tend to help kids grow into better adults.

Here are a few of them:

Less Allergies and Asthma

If your kid is already allergic or asthmatic to begin with, then I’m afraid it will be quite difficult to raise a pet inside your home. However, in the case that he/she is not, children who grow up in homes with pets actually have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.

Lower Blood Pressure

Playing with pets help improve a person’s health, not just kids! Having quality time with pets helps lower blood pressure and also improves your mood.

More Outside Time

In our day and age where everyone seems to be stuck on their phones, even kids, having pets will encourage playing outside more – going for walks, Frisbee, running and playing – thus helping a child’s physical health and growth.

Better Social Skills

It has been proven that children with pets actually have better temperaments and are able to control their impulse. They also tend to have better social skills and self-esteem.

Responsible Children

Taking care of pets takes a certain amount of work. Feeding and caring for them encourages children to be responsible even at a young age. And for those who love their pets, this is a job they will surely enjoy doing!

These are just a few of the reasons why it’s ultimately beneficial to get a pet for  your household. But before you decide on that, make sure to check on everyone’s health background.

If there’s nothing wrong, then go to the nearest shelter and adopt your family’s newest member!

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