It’s National Kids and Pets Day! Send us a picture and/or short story of your kids and their pets.
What’s not to love about kids and their pets? The bond between a child and their pet is almost magical, bringing love, laughter and happiness to all who are around them.
But having a pet(s) brings so much more to our kids. Here are a few highlights of how they change us:
- With their unconditional love our pets give support and help children develop self-esteem and confidence. And instills our kids to have compassion for animals and people throughout their life.
- Pets – whether they have fur, fins, feathers or scales – teach responsibility. They need to be fed, their area cleaned, walked, played with and taught manners. They also need regular visits to the vet.
- Children and families learn safe handling of pets. As well as how to keep both your child and pet safe in different situations.
- They give your kid a playmate. Even if your child has siblings and friends a pet gives them another friend. One to learn new games with, like fetch and tug-of-war. And a friend to make them smile if they’ve had a bad day.
- They also help kids understand the different stages of life. Life has lots of different happenings – birth, health, illness, growing older and death. With having a pet, your children will experience some or all of these different events, which are both happy and sad. Though no parent wants their child to experience illness or death, they will be better able to cope with life because of experiences with their pet.
Enjoy the smiles, laughter and heart tugs you feel as you watch your kids grow with their pets.
Ultimately our wish is that our pets help our children become kind, caring and compassionate adults – making the world a better place to live.