There are always a question with the parents that will a pet be good for kid or not. Kids should always be tought about the domestic or farm animals. They must be tought the benefits of them. I got some good article here which tells the benefits of pet in the family.
- Pets give unconditional love. They are non-judgmental, and, especially for only children, lonely children, or children who have sibling rivalry or emotional distress, a pet gives them someone to talk to. A pet can comfort, give support, and listen to a child’s troubles without judgment or consequence. And, when playing, a pet can become your child’s partner and best buddy.
- A pet can teach a
child that he doesn’t have to take out his anger or fear on others.
Some children become bullies and if they don’t have a safe place to
share their truest emotions, they may project those emotions onto
other children. Because a pet will love your child no matter what he
says, a pet gives him a confidant, a safe place in which to verbally
pour out his fears and his anger.
- A pet can teach
empathy. Caring for a pet that is so dependent on you teaches
empathy. Your child learns to read your pet’s needs: is he hungry?
Does he need to go outside? Maybe the pet is scared of the wind, rain
or snow and needs to be comforted. Moreover, empathy is the one skill
that can be taught and a skill that bullies often lack.
- A pet can teach
confidence and responsibility. Children can gain confidence by having
the responsibility of caring for a pet. Children as young as three
years old can manage simple tasks such as filling the pet’s water
and food bowls. As your child gets older, he can groom and walk the
- Animals can help
socialize children and increase verbal skills. You’ve likely seen
even little kids who are still learning to talk attempting to chatter
away with pets. In this way, pets give not only social and emotional
support but also cognitive language skill support to children. A
pet’s simple presence provides verbal stimulus to help your child
practice talking and socializing with another being.
- Pets (and animals in general) can be very therapeutic for children. Studies have shown how pets can help lower blood pressure, speed up recovery time, and reduce stress and anxiety. We see this with troubled children and Autistic children, and, as my horse whisperer friend has, with children who experience PTSD: when they are with animals they can immediately relate because they sense the animals are unconditional in their love and affection.