Okay, full disclosure I have two kids, the four legged furry kind, so when I read the headline that a child may value a pet more than a sibling it caught my attention! A new study found that if you are thinking of adding to your family so your child won’t be lonely you may want to consider getting a pet instead!
According to a new University of Cambridge study, children actually get more satisfaction from the relationship they have with their pet than they do with their siblings and actually get along better with their animal than their bothers or sisters.
The Cambridge study found that a dog or a cat could be more beneficial to your child’s development. This study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, notes that there is evidence a pet can have a positive effect on a child’s development, social skills and emotional well-being.
“Even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings,” Matt Cassells, the study’s lead researcher, shares. “The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental.” Which if you ask me is a big positive for anyone in the family. Plus, for a child, especially dogs, they are always ready to play…ALWAYS!
So what’s the take away from this study, well, if you aren’t ready to expand your family just yet then expand it with a pet for your child. Just remember, pets today are part of the family. I can’t fathom my house without my kidz. I rush home just to hang out with them, even if its doing nothing, we do it together!