For many children, owning a pet is their deepest desire. It is something they ask for every birthday and Christmas. However, Mom and Dad may not be too keen on the idea. Pets are a large responsibility and require a lot of work. Even something as simple as a fish requires daily feedings and regular fish tank cleanings.
Even though having a pet may be a burden on you, as a parent, owning a pet can be wonderful thing for a child. Here are a few reasons why bringing a pet into your family may be a good idea.
It teaches children responsibility
Taking care of a pet requires feeding, grooming and cleaning. Pets are not something your children can hide under the bed. They require work. Owning a pet is an excellent way to teach your child how to take care of another living thing. By bringing a pet into your home, you can teach your child how to follow a routine such as feeding or walking the dog. You can also teach them proper cleaning techniques. In some situations, it is also a good idea to teach your child the importance of saving his money and being smart financially by letting your child financially take care of the pet's needs. There are a lot of lessons that can be taught by raising a pet in your home and a small animal may be exactly what your child needs to learn specific lessons.
It teaches children love
There is nothing like the relationship between a young child and a dog, cat or other pet. For many children, the relationship between a pet and a child is constant. No matter who makes fun of your child at school, how many fights your child and his sibling get into, or how sad or depressed your child may be your child's pet is always there. A pet can teach your child how to love another living thing and how to be a friend that is always there for someone else.
It teaches hope
There are many children who begin asking for a puppy or kitten when they are 2 or 3 years old. After years of asking, they never know if their dream of owning a pet will come true. However, once you give your child their desired pet, you bring a sense of hope into their lives. Their years of wishing finally came true. It is a way to instill a little hope and excitement into your child's life.
A pet can be a wonderful addition to any family. However, it is important that you and your child are ready for the work and responsibility that owning a pet brings. But if you decide you are ready, you can reap many benefits from opening your home and taking care of an animal.
Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.