5 Reasons Why Kids Should Have a Pet

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Today we are going to argue why kids should have a pet.  It may be an argument you have already heard at your house! Even if you didn’t think you wanted to have a pet, we hope you will read what this mom says about how their pets have been a good idea for their family.

If you have additional reasons why pet ownership is good for the family, please leave your comments here at Kids Activities Blog.  We’d love to hear from you!

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5 Reasons Why Kids Should Have a Pet

Having a pet is priceless when you have children. With that said, I never imagined myself joining the ranks of pet ownership, but three years ago we took the plunge and welcomed not one but two puppies into the family.

Yes… Some days I do question my own sanity.

However, despite the extra care they require, our kids adore their pups and the pups love them unconditionally. In observing our children  interact with their dogs I’ve noted five blatantly beneficial ways having a pet is a good idea.

1.  They teach kids responsibility:

Pets provide a perfect platform for encouraging responsibility. Providing fresh food and water daily has become an everyday ‘job’ for our three older kids and they fully understand that if they don’t remember to take care of their furry friends, they will go hungry. The dogs need them.

2.  They nurture compassion for other living creatures:

The kids care for our dogs as if they were their own little babies… albeit furry versions. The way that they love them and take care of them provides a constant way for them to outwardly showcase love – which is never in short supply or absent of need.

3.  They provide companionship and demonstrate flawless unconditional love:

Dogs are not called man’s best friend for no reason… Our kids love their dogs and often refer to them as their ‘buddies.’

Have a Pet: 5 Reasons Pet Ownership is good for kids

4.  They encourage exercise:

Taking our dogs for a walk daily is not only a way to keep them healthy but it also is a way for the kids to exercise as well. It’s become a routine and has thus become something that the kids anticipate each day. Running down the path and playing fetch in the field makes for tired littles and exhausted pups.

Pet Ownership for Kids: 5 Reasons to have a pet

5.  They make an excellent snuggle buddy: 

They are real life pillow pets sans batteries!

5 reasons pet ownership if good for kids

 

More on Having a Pet

We thinks these are 5 great reasons to find a furry friend for your family.  Or does your family already have a pet?  For more about having a pet, take a look at these links below:

Jamie Fink About Jamie Fink

Jamie is mama to five little ones. Two biological babes and three adopted miracles from Ethiopia. She blogs at Soph and Lulu with her sister-in-law, Denise who is mama to a beautiful baby girl. Together they write about making the art of controlling chaos as lovely as possible via decor, photography, food and faith. Jamie and Denise can be found via Soph and Lulu on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram @denisemfink / @atribecalledfink and on Google+.

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