Children usually also like pets. Caring animals is not only used as a playmate for children. There are various benefits that can be directly felt by children. The benefits of raising animals and the presence of animals in the house, among others, is to help grow children’s cognitive, emotional, physical and social development. The following are the benefits of raising animals for children:
Build Empathy and Compassion
Pets basically depend on humans to care for them, from eating, defecating, and playing. With pets depending on the people who care for them, this can often trigger feelings of empathy and compassion in children. Therefore, parents can use pets as a way to teach their children the importance of respecting other creatures.
Not only parents, children can also experience stress due to boring routines, pressure from parents, academic challenges and other problems. Interacting with pets can actually increase the release of dopamine and oxytocin, which are anti-stress hormones, and decrease cortisol or the stress hormone. When children play or caress pets, this can trigger physiological changes in them.
Reducing the Risk of Allergies in Children
Having pets at home is also beneficial for building a child’s immune system due to early exposure to certain germs. Then, children who live with cats and dogs at home are generally more resistant to animal dander allergies than children who do not have pets in their homes.
Teaches Confidence and Responsibility
Children can be more confident by having the responsibility to care for pets. You can give the responsibility of caring for pets to children, starting from easy things, such as filling the animals’ drinking water, or making sure their food bowls are always filled. As your child grows, you can give your child greater responsibility, such as taking the pet for a walk, or even giving it a bath.
Strengthen Family Bonds
Having pets at home is also beneficial for all family members. These animals can be one of the unifying families. You can do various activities with children and other family members to care for pets. Like taking an evening walk with your pet, playing, feeding or bathing them together. With all the fun activities while caring animals, you can strengthen your family bond.