Your child is likely to have been begging for a pet for a long time and you are just not sure whether to get one or not. Your logic tells you that it will be too much of a responsibility for you to handle along with your young child, who in any case keeps you busy throughout the day. There is no doubt of the fact that a pet is a huge responsibility but that is greatly outweighed by the many benefits of getting a pet for your child. Besides the social and emotional development of your child, the pet will also help in your child’s physical development.
What you need to know
Young children need to play and run a lot for the development of their gross motor skills. The more they run, jump, skimp, roll, the better they will get at it. Giving those opportunities to your child throughout the day becomes difficult, especially for families with working parents and a single child. Children need company to run and play with otherwise they become bored and tend to sit and watch television. This makes them lethargic, prone to fat and also slows down their overall development.
A pet like a dog on the other hand can keep them occupied throughout the day. Taking the dog to the park gives your child the opportunity to run, chase, jump and roll in the grass while playing with the dog. If your child holds on to the leash of your dog during the walks, then it also helps to build arm and leg muscles. You can also make it a habit for your child to go along with you every time you walk the dog. This makes your child go outdoors more often and get fresh air which will help in your child’s overall development.