5 Reasons why it’s important to have a family pet

A pet is more than just a pet—he or she is a special member of a family (and unless you get a parrot, the only member of the family who won’t talk back)! Are you considering a pet for your family? We think these five reasons will convince you that a new furry, scaly, or feathered friend is not only a good choice, but an important one to make.

Pets help teach responsibility. Few lessons are as important to teach your children than responsibility. And what better way to do that than with a cute pal that reciprocates with its own special kind of affection? By bringing a pet into your family with the understanding that everyone, parents and children alike, will care for it equally, you can instill important values and moral standards in your young ones.

Pets help teach compassion. As a pet has different needs and wants than a human, your children can learn to adapt to different situations and exercise compassion in new ways. This helps them to become better, well-rounded individuals, and who doesn’t want that?

Pets help reduce stress. Petting a dog or watching fish swim around a tank can help promote relaxation. This is a great thing for families, who can use their pet’s therapeutic powers to boost their mood and thus increase their feelings of togetherness. Because if you’re not stressed out, you’ll be less likely to lash out at someone you love. What’s more, If you need someone to cuddle, or you’re seeking a sounding board for your worries and fears, pets are there, willing yet (usually) silent companions at your service. No unsolicited advice to be had here; just love!

Pets can help you get more exercise. Certain pets, such as dogs, have needs that require physical activity. This is an obvious benefit to the pet owner, as it usually means more exercise for them as well! From taking walks to playing fetch, pets can help families get active and stay active, which is a very healthy habit to have.

can help siblings bond. Taking care of a family pet means teamwork. That teamwork can help foster stronger social bonds, especially among siblings. By sharing the responsibilities, siblings have to communicate more often. The more communication that happens, the higher the potential for mutual understanding. It wouldn’t be surprising to see your kids getting along more easily after introducing a pet into the mix.

10 Reasons Pets are Good for Kids [Oprah]

Family dog: 10 Good Reasons why all children should have a dog [UK Stabyhoun Association]

10 Reasons Your Children Should Own a Pet [Womanitely]