April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day, recognizing the incredible bond pets and children share in an effort to prompt pet adoption. We all know how heart warming it can be to watch a child interact with an animal, but the real magic is happening on the inside. In honor of Kids and Pets Day, here are a few pawsitive impacts our pals have on children.
- Self Esteem. Caring for a pet teaches children that what they’re doing truly matters in the life of something they love. As an added bonus, studies show that pets help children in school by lending a quiet, comforting ear to help practice reading aloud.
- Less stress. Brushing, patting, petting, and bonding with an animal is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress – and that goes for parents too!
- It’s inevitable that caring for a pet will give children a sense of responsibility and teach them that being kind, gentle, and empathetic matters.
- Better Immune System. Studies have shown that children who grow up around pets are less likely to develop common allergies and be healthier in their first year of life. (Of course, some kids are legitimately allergic to dogs/cats, so be aware of that before bringing a pet into your home.)
- Bonus Perk: Studies have shown that children with autism smile more and cope better when in the presence of a pal.
PAL Pro-Tip: Always research your breed to ensure they’re a good fit with your family’s lifestyle. It’s good to know that some breeds, like Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Wheaton Terriers, and Boxers, are known for being wonderful with children while others, like Weimaraners, Akitas, and Australian Shepherds, are notably not. Of course keep in mind that every home, child, and dog is different, so no ‘rules’ are ever set in stone.
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