Research shows that pets can contribute to a child’s development physically by strengthening their immune system, and emotionally by creating an irreplaceable relationship. That said, safety needs to be the primary goal when mixing children and animals.
TOP TIP: Pet care is a great way to teach your child responsibility and life skills. Include your kids in providing food and water for your pets, taking them for a walk, and giving them a bath or brush. Although children should be included in these activities and encouraged to help out, the responsibility always falls on an adult to be a primary pet guardian.