Pets Teach Your Children Daily

Owning a pet is a big responsibility. The decision to adopt a pet should not be taken likely. There are many considerations when deciding the species, breed, age and needs of your new forever friend. In a family, these considerations become even more important (for the children and the pets). The right pet carefully-matched to the right family has the potential to teach your children daily. If your family is ready to adopt an animal, gather family members and try to answer as many of these questions as possible. This one step alone will teach all family members about careful planning and instill in them a sense of responsibility. 

1. How much time can we reasonably spend with a pet every day, week and month? 
2. What kind of space do we plan to share with the animal? 
3. What kind of food will we need to buy for our new friend? 
4. Whose responsibility will it be to take care of the pet? Who will feed, water, exercise and clean up after the pet? 
5. How much will it cost to care for this animal? Can we afford it? 
6. Does anyone in the home suffer from allergies that could cause our family to have to re-home the animal? 
7. Are your children developmentally capable of taking responsibility for a pet? 
7. What are the licensing and legal requirements for animals in our neighborhood? 

These are, of course, just a few examples and only the members of your family choose the perfect fit for you. You will need to find a veterinarian St Petersburg FL is a pet-friendly community and experts are available to help you make this decision. 

How Will Owning a Pet Teach Your Children? 

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “A child who learns to care for an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently, may get invaluable training in learning to treat people the same way. Careless treatment of animals is unhealthy for both the pet and the child involved.” In addition to the responsibility your children can learn helping to feed, exercise and help manage health and well being of a pet, your children can learn the art of nurturing. In a Washington Post article titled, “Want to raise empathetic kids? Get them a dog,” author Denise Daniels said, A variety of research in the U.S. and U.K. … has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores … The reason is obvious: Caring for a pet draws a self-absorbed child away from himself or herself. Daniels reported emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, is “a measure of empathy and the ability to understand and connect with others.” Daniels’s research revealed that emotional intelligence can help determine his or her success. Teaching a child to monitor the health of a pet with shots, regular exercise, a healthy diet and lots of love will help him or her learn to care for himself or herself responsibly too.

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