Ways to Raise a Child with Great Values

While pets offer a lot of benefits to kids, kids also have a lot to offer the pet in your family as well. Both kids and pets enjoy high energy play as well as having a cuddle buddy during nap time.

Teach Responsibility

Showing kindness to animals can help your child learn responsibility from a very young age. You can ask your little one to give their furry friend food, water or give them a bath. Taking care of animals can also help your kid realise how much time you take to get them ready for school.

Teach Trust

A second skill children learn is trust. A pet offers unconditional support when a child (or anyone) is sad, angry or upset. They can teach your child to trust the pet, themselves and build trust in other relationships as well.

Teach Respect

Basically, the main reason you want your kids to respect animals and their sentient emotions is so they may also showcase respect for humans. Think about it – if we can’t respect an animal who cannot tell us how they think or feel, how can we do so for humans who can? Empathy is an important thing for children to develop so they may attempt to understand the feelings of others.

Teach Unconditional Love

Pets are always excited when you come home. They don’t care if you’ve had a bad hair day. They love to cuddle, and they never argue with your opinions. The unconditional love they provide seems to always be exactly what is needed after a long day at work or school.

Helps With Social Skills

Children who are otherwise shy or socially awkward will happily chatter away with the family pet. This is because pets are the best listeners in the world! They never judge.

Kids feel comfortable with the family pet when they might not feel comfortable talking to their peers or members of their own family. In fact, a child’s pet is often their first friend. Children raised around pets also develop cognitively at a younger age, simply through the natural process of interacting with another being.