The influence of having pets on children

This month the film 'Pet Secrets' (Secret Life of Pets) premiered. The cheerful animated film about, the name says it all, pets! The film is a great success: more than 550,000 visitors have seen the film in the cinema. Animals and children are a golden combination. Whether it concerns animals in films and books, a stuffed animal that goes everywhere or a real pet, animals stimulate the imagination of the child. Research by Pets Place shows that as many as 70% of Dutch families with children have a pet. But what influence do pets have on children? And where do you as a parent (s) all have to pay attention?

You can still hear it yourself: "Ok we do it, dear, we take one". You have not been able to resist those sparkling eyes and that radiant face of your son or daughter and you are already standing with one leg in the pet store, wondering: "A pet, am I doing well here ?!" No panic, research has shown that pets generally have a very positive impact on children.

Positive influence from pet to child

Many adults take a pet as soon as there are children in the game. Research shows that children who grow up with a pet generally have more confidence, a sense of responsibility and empathy. Think of caring, eating in time and pampering. Important life lessons about life, love and loss are also taught. It is very important to think carefully about the purchase of a pet. It is fun and educational, but of course requires time and energy!

Having a pet can really be an enrichment for the whole family. The vast majority of Dutch families therefore have a pet, with the dog being the favorite (49%), followed by the cat (48%) and in a shared third place are the fish and the rodent (21%). However, it is important to know what to look out for. Which animal fits at what age and how do I teach my child? We give a number of tips:

Video: The Power of a Pet. Rustin Moore. TEDxOhioStateUniversity

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