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Kids & Pets – The Perfect Match

You’ve always known that pets are good for kids. Pets have a way of wiggling into our hearts and staying there.  That has to be good for kids, right? Well, it may be more true than you know.

Who is enjoying this more? The child or the cat?

Who is enjoying this more? The child or the cat?

Pets Reduce Stress

I think that when you interact with a pet, you do so at their level.  At their level there are no complicated decisions to make, no judgements and no worries about tomorrow. Just the pet, the person and love.

Pets Enhance Children’s Self-Esteem

Why? Because they always love you. No matter what you did at school or how much trouble you’re in with Mom, Buddy thinks you are the bomb.

Love at first sight

Love at first sight

Pets Encourage Empathy

It’s easy to see when you pet is happy, scared or hurt. They don’t try to hide it like people do. And if a kid has a problem, it’s obvious to him that the dog or cat is on his side. Now he’s not alone anymore.

Pets Help with Communication Skills

You don’t talk to pets the same way that you talk to people. It’s much simpler and more intuitive. Tone of voice, body language and touch have to get the message across. Kids who learn this are likely to incorporate these skills into their interaction with others.

Pets Encourage Responsibility

Pets need attention, which is something that even the youngest children can give.  As kids get older, they might be responsible for feeding and grooming pets, cleaning up cages and other chores. And best of all, the “person” who benefits is someone who adores you.

Pets Help Kids Understand Illness and Death

Since many pets have a shorter life-span than humans, there’s a good chance that at some time during their childhood, kids will lose a pet. This is when they learn how to work through grief.

There's nothing like caring for something smaller than you.

There's nothing like caring for something smaller than you.

Is it Time?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, consider adopting an animal. The current foreclosure crisis has left many pets without homes. You can find them at the local animal shelter or maybe through a classified ad or rescue organization.  Be sure to do your research so you’ll get a pet that fits with your family’s home and life and is good with kids.  Take your new friend to your veterinarian to make sure he’s in good health. And then enjoy the many benefits for your kids and yourself for many years to come.