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E, I, E, I, O…..

April 20th, 2013

Admittedly I am going to be completely biased on this topic However, I am including the research information so you can look for yourself.

I LOVE pets. All kinds of pets. Lots of different pets. I have had – fish, dogs, cats, spiders, mice, hamsters, rabbits and I’m really trying to convince myself I need a horse!¬† Now I haven’t had them all at the same time nor would I recomend it! But having a pet does have some very important benefits.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry lists several benefits. They state:

“Children raised with pets show many benefits. Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.”¬† Facts for Families: Children and Pets

How have pets enhanced your children’s lives? What have they learned from them? Share with us!

Lori

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