Honest confession. I am pretty scared of animals, including pets. So, I have never considered
owning a pet. However, one of my friends is a pet mother to a cute little pug and she says
that it’s the best addition to her family. Whenever my daughter visits their home, she
spends hours playing with the dog. I have been debating bringing home a pet for some time
now after considering these advantages:
Pets Make a Great Companion
Pets are like siblings and friends. They offer warmth, comfort and companionship to your
children. They give unconditional love. If you have only one child and you think s/he could
do with some camaraderie, then pets are an awesome option.
Pets Teach Responsibility
Caring for pets is akin to caring for a baby. Like humans, pets also need tender love and
care. You need to feed them, bathe them, take them out for a walk, look after them when
they are sick, and so on. You can assign a few of the responsibilities to your children. This
will make them realize they are responsible for someone’s life and health, and teach them
the importance of responsibility.
Pets Keep Your Kids Healthy
Pets like to be on move most of the time. They run around a lot, which could be a good
exercise for your kids during their playtime. Various studies have shown that families with
pets are physically active and have lesser health issues in their lifetime.
Pets Help Kids with Expression of Emotions
Pets are very quick to sense emotions. They can act as an outlet for your children to express
their emotions like fear and anger. Children can confide their feelings and secrets in their
pets, and feel lighter. This prevents anxiety build-up due to suppression of emotions.
Pets are Good Therapists
Animal therapy is known to work wonders for children’s physical and mental health. If your
child is suffering from autism, trauma or any other kind of health issue, pets can be
therapeutic for them.
Pets definitely seem to make life fun for kids. Who knows I might eventually give in and
welcome a furry member in my family?

About Smita Omar

Smita is an ex banker who voluntary said adiós to a high flying career to explore the rocky yet beautiful terrain of motherhood. When she is not busy juggling between her naughty daughter and foodie husband, you can find her donning the hat of a freelance content developer-editor to keep her sanity intact. She has been a Work-From-Home-Mother for 8 years and turns to meditation when the going gets tough.

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3 Comments
  1. Sanjana Bhatt 2 years ago

    Pets are great no doubt. But if I bring pet at home, I will have another responsibility on my head….Family members will play but feeding, pooping, vaccination I will have to take care of. So I avoid it getting one for my home.

  2. Anjali Goel 2 years ago

    I love dogs. My parents have a Labrador. I want to get it too but with a hyperactive toddler to look after, I don’t think I have time and guts to care for a pet as well.

  3. Laveneet Wakde 3 years ago

    My neighbour has feline pets. The kids in our family love them.

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