Many parents make it a point to raise their children around pets of all species, from birds and rodents, to cats and dogs. But there are many parents who are also quite afraid of raising their children, especially their babies, with pets in the house. These parents may even go so far as to abandon their existing pets once their baby is born. Not only is this terrible for the animals, but it’s also terrible for the children because they end up missing out on all of the benefits of growing up alongside pets.

Kids Develop a Sense of Empathy and Become Gentle

Teaching your children that animals are just like people because they feel pain and they want love and comfort is a great way to teach them empathy. These lessons will help them greatly when they interact with fellow human beings. And teaching your children how to take care of their pets will encourage them to be gentle and nurturing to other living things. These values are vitally important, as they will help your kids grow up to be kind, compassionate, and open-minded people.

Pets Can Be Supportive Friends


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Many children who grow up with pets are able to have a companion that they can count on who will provide them with unconditional love. This is especially important for kids who don’t have siblings or those who don’t have a lot of friends and feel lonely.

Kids who read to their pets and who talk to their pets can rest assured that they aren’t alone and that they aren’t being judged. And these interactions can help make your child more social and better able to express themselves.

Plus, a pet can be a great playmate and exercise companion. Overall, kids that grow up with pets can develop a better sense of self-esteem, as well as a more active lifestyle. And they can even do better in school, whether they grow up with a dog, such as a dachshund from a shelter or a place like, a cat, a bird, or any other companion animal.

A Healthy Start

Children who grow up with pets tend to be healthier, suffering from fewer allergies and fewer ear and respiratory infections, according to scientific studies. Plus, pets can greatly benefit the health of the adults in the family as well, thanks to their ability to help lower your risk for heart disease, lower your blood pressure, and more.

Simply grooming or petting a purring cat, for example, can help you de-stress, so imagine what it can do for a child. And let’s not forget about all of the love and fun that pets bring into your life to help you derive more joy from every day.

There are so many great reasons to raise your children around pets. Again, the key is to be gentle with everyone, from your pets to your kids, and to teach your kids to be gentle with their animals. This is the best way to ensure that everyone is happy and will benefit from the love and companionship that pets of all kinds provide.

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