The Role Of Pets In Children’s Development

We all know that pets make a great addition to the family home. They’re a little bundle of love to come home to every day, bringing about endless amounts of happiness and promoting mental health and wellbeing. Honestly, we don’t know what we’d do without them!

Whilst they’re a part of our life that we couldn’t live without, the benefits of pets to children far surpass anything that we could have imagined. Research over the years has repeatedly demonstrated a positive correlation between households with pets and the rate of children’s development.

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From emotional to cognitive development, the benefits of pets to children are many. Here are just some of the ways that pets can promote positive development in your children:

Social Skills

Pets in the home can do wonders for developing your child’s social skills, giving them the ability to interact and form relationships with their peers. And, no, we don’t mean playing fetch…

Children have been proven to be more prone to approaching and interacting with their peers if they are used to playing with animals. Their relationships with their pets teaches them compassion, empathy, and many other values which they then apply to human relationships.

It has also been suggested that, if a child sees another child playing with a pet, they’re more likely to approach them to join in the play. In the case of animals such as small dogs, rabbits, and other small furry animals, these may help shy children come out of their shell and join in with cooperative play.

Emotional Wellbeing

When children develop strong relationships with their pets, it gives them a sense of self-worth and subsequently boosts their self-esteem.

We all know how important mental health is, and if children grow up with a sense of worth, they are likely to be more confident. Consequently, they are more likely to become independent thinkers, and feel assured that they can achieve whatever they set out to.

Engagement with pets also teaches children about love, and how positive relationships should function, setting them up for future human relationships.

Physical Growth

Pets have been proven to help kids improve their motor skills and increase overall activity.

Due to their exercising needs, pets encourage children to be more active, improving physical health and helping keep them fit. Although it may seem like an insignificant amount, small quantities of daily exercise add up to a substantial amount.

It is also thought that children with pets contract fewer infections due to improved physical health.

Cognitive Development

Several studies have found that pets can help a child excel in school.

It is unknown how exactly the link works, but it is thought that the calming influence of pets can encourage children to persevere with their studies and achieve higher results.

The commitment that pets require is also similar to that required of studying. Therefore, children with pets are likely to embrace commitment, and succeed with their studies.

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