NOTE: This is the second guest post from mom blogger, Emma Lawson, for FertileBrains readers after “How to raise a good little eater“. Today, she is here with three great reasons in favor of adopting a pet in her article”How Pets Make Kids Healthy”. This comes at a very opportune moment for our family in particular, as we are debating adding a puppy to our family; hopefully, now, we will do it sometime soon! Read on and don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below.
Like many other people, I grew up in a household with a pet. We had a cat called Missy. I remember how fun it was having a pet when I was I child so I decided to get one for my children as well. They were in love with a dog from a TV show so we adopted a German shepherd called Duke. They were so ecstatic when they got the opportunity to play with him for the first time. He is now an integral part of our lives and my boys could not imagine the world without him. It is hard not to notice how Duke also has a positive effect on their health. And here it is how.
1. More relaxation and stress relief
First of all, Duke has a massive effect on my children’s mood. No matter how hard day at school they had, they put smiles on their faces once they see him. So I can easily say that there is nothing better for stress relief than animal companionship. Less stress, of course, means better health. That is why comparing to the people without pets, pet owners have a decreased risk of heart disease and are less likely to develop some minor illnesses. Because of this, I am delighted to have Duke making my boys cheerful all the time.
2. Improved fitness
With all the video games and TV shows, my children used to spend most of their days in front of the screen. Exactly because of this, I made walking Duke their chore. Each of them has to take him for a walk once a day. At first, I thought they will become bored with it but they are always more than happy to do it. I also noticed a much-needed weight loss with both of them which made me very happy. Having a dog is a great way to make you move. I have to admit that I also enjoy taking Duke out for a walk whenever I can. It gives me a break from all the house chores and lets me clear my mind.
3. More responsibilities
Having a dog also made my boys more responsible. Besides the walks I already mentioned, they are in charge of feeding and bathing him. Also, they always clean Duke’s bowl and put away his toys even though this is not a part of their chores. When Duke had problems with worms they never forgot to give him his worming tablets and had him cured in no time. Such responsibility exercise had a positive effect on their health as well. George used to forget to take his vitamins all the time. But whenever he would give tablets to Duke, he would also take his vitamins as a way of sympathizing with him.
As a devoted parent, I can say that there is a great improvement in my children’s health once we got a pet. So if you are thinking about it, you should definitely join the big number of people who have a pet in their household.
About Post Author
Emma Lawson is a busy mom to two wonderful boys. She is passionate about writing and her boys are her inspiration. She loves to explore, learn and share about parenting techniques. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life Website: http://highstylife.com.
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