We usually tend to underestimate our critter pals, but the benefits of pets for your kid’s personality development are myriad. Huh?
You might have your own reservations of letting your pets near your kids- but here we are, playing the devil’s advocate to your thoughts. Trust us, after reading this article, you will be convinced to let in a four-legged, finned or feathered addition to your family.
We say so because pets play a profound role in carving the disposition of your children. We’ve all seen kids whining about getting a pet, and this behavior may be symptomatic of many character traits. And maybe you should get them one, because the benefits clearly outweigh the apprehensions.
Furthermore, according to many studies, pets at home foster healthy development of your children’s personality. Confused how? Well, read on and find about the benefits we speak so much about.
Benefits of Pets at Home for Your Child’s Personality Development
A Pet Helps Them to Be Responsible
As with children, pets also require extensive care and nourishment. But all the efforts don’t go in vain. In lieu of this comprehensive care, pets deliver hope, love, gratitude and a sense of meaning to your kid’s life. Feeding and looking after a pet will give the kids a sense of responsibility, which further matures them to address the needs of others around them.
In addition to this, children who have pets can socialize with other pet owners and pet enthusiasts.
A kid growing up with pets around will have more tolerance towards animals. Also, with more responsibility their shoulder, children would feel more valuable and indispensable to the family. But, one should restrict themselves from piling too much burden on their kid with regards to the pet.
Though humans are naturally inclined towards looking out for themselves first, pets teach them a valuable lesson about empathy and caring for others.
Raising a kid and as well as a pet is a serious commitment. It also means that even if one is not feeling well or is unceasingly busy, they still have to perform their daily tasks and take care of their critter.
Therefore, when a child commits to raising a pet, at the same time, they are also adding more to their own personality.
Pets Promote a Healthy Lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle is one of the most imperative benefits of pets for kids and parents. Unfortunately, due to the hefty work schedules and busy lives, most parents live a sedentary lifestyle which is harmful for kids and themselves. This is because kids tend to learn from their parents.
According to studies, a sedentary lifestyle in adults promotes laziness in their kids. In addition, it might engender numerous health-related problems such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
Pets are quite energetic. On top of that, they require constant exercise. Like humans, pets also need to move around to maintain their sanity. Therefore, they help in increasing the daily activity of adults as well as their kids. Children learn from their parents, and they often follow the lifestyle that their parents are having. Pets such as dogs and cats encourage the owners to get up and follow their routines.
Pets Help in Reducing Anxiety and Mental Health Problems
A 2018 research study claimed that more than 980 million people worldwide are suffering from mental illness, with anxiety being the most common. Around 460 million people in the world suffer from anxiety. Thus, it is important that we consider mental health at par with physical health.
Mental health plays an imperative role in shaping the personality of a child. Additionally, it is essential at every stage of the lifecycle. It is hard to perform a task when one is suffering from a mental illness. According to many studies, pets often help reduce stress levels and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Kids who are surrounded by good parenting and the influence of pets, are least likely to be suffocated by these diseases. In addition, their companionship helps reinvigorate kids’ mood; on top of that, they also help in eradicating loneliness.
Playing with pets helps in the release of a hormone called dopamine. Dopamine is a ‘feel-good’ hormone. It is often seen that kids with pets are relatively patient and rarely stray from their composure.
Kids with autism are also at an advantage with pets around. Research revealed that pets are the best company for kids with autism as they provide them with a sense of security and companionship. Specially trained pets are a huge therapeutic support for autistic kids.
Thus, there are many benefits of pets for kids’ personality development. Healthy parenting, along with the companionship of pets, helps in bringing out the best in children.
As their personality determines the children’s future; therefore, parents who are concerned about their kid’s well-being and health should gift them this beautiful bond. Therefore, we strongly advocate that you should consider getting a pet after weighing your options.
Podium School hopes that the bond between parents, kids and their pets becomes stronger. We understand the value of emotional connect, therefore, we also offer parenting tips and advice on numerous fronts. It is strongly suggested to check out our blog updates on personality development for kids. We wish that you will consider our opinion on this topic and make space for a critter friend to care for and get showered with love in return.