If there are any moms and dads out there trying to convince the other one to get a puppy, show them this!
It’s official: kids that grow up with dogs are better behaved.
This study looked at the relationship between dog ownership and the social-emotional development of preschoolers.
The findings were that children from dog-owning households had reduced likelihood of:
- conduct problems
- peer problems
- and total difficulties
They also had an increased likelihood of prosocial behavior.
Young children from dog-owning families had lower peer problems and conduct problems, and higher prosocial behaviors than children from non-dog-owning families.
But that isn’t the only benefit of having pets.
This Psychology Today article, shows that children with pets are less moody, more obedient, and have fewer learning problems.
Dogs are just naturally good stress-relievers. Having a cuddly friend who is always around for you and never judges you has to feel good to a kiddo. There’s a reason why they are so often emotional support animals.
I didn’t grow up with many pets, but my kids have and after reading about these studies I’m so glad we chosen to have dogs in the house.
I know just how important our animals are to our family, but I didn’t quite realize all the great benefits they might have on their behavior.
They’re cute AND they’re helping me parent. That’s a double win.
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.