Hi there! Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to write about the benefits of growing up with a best friend, a pet.
I grew up with animals around the house and it was the greatest adventure for me, so I wanted for my kids to have similar experiences. When I got pregnant, we already had our cat, Lucy, for a year, but as a first-time-mother, I worried as well of how the cat would react around the baby. We spent the whole pregnancy training Lucy and preparing her to meet the baby, and it turned out to be quite easy to have them both under same roof, safely.
These are some of the benefits that convinced us we are doing the right things by keeping Lucy:
- Unconditional love is something you can learn from any pet from a very young age, to give, and also to receive it. What can be more meaningful than this?
- Pets offer kids increased self confidence, and once with them, us as adults should learn that lesson once more.
- Empathy is a great skill and it’s so easy to understand what it is when you have a pet.
- Kids with pets socialise more easily than others and have increased verbal skills. Arianna started babbling early especially when she saw the cat around.
- Increased motricity is another great point. As a result, Arianna started crawling after the cat more than she did for other things, and at 9 months and a half she walked independently so she could follow Lucy around the house. She was able at a young age to fill the bowl with food and learnt how to stroke her without causing any harm.
- Animals encourage the physical activity and to spend less time in front of the TV, phone or tablet. Running, pretend plays, walks, hide and seek, all prevent obesity.
- Having Lucy around teaches Arianna about responsibility. She might not understand all of the risks, but she knows already that Lucy needs food and water and to get outside and back inside into the house. When Lucy gets back home, Arianna first checks if there is any food into the bowl and comes and tells me what we need to do next.
- Having a pet is an easy way to learn about how to deal with your emotions, how not to take your anger or fear on others. For this, the guidance of parents is crucial.
- The most important point were the results of social and medical studies done by researchers. Kids with fury pets have a better immunity and are less likely to develop allergies, cardiovascular diseases or infections.