I think children learn alot from animals. What do you think? Sometimes medical problems restrict this. Do you think children should grow up with animals?

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  • Yes! If you can properly care for them, then most definitely!
    We have a small dog currently, but I myself have had chickens, a variety of birds, cats, dogs, mice, guinea pigs and a horse! Animals teach great responsibility and how to care for another creature

  • I think it’s great if kids can have pets growing up, it’s not always possible, but should be considered if it can be

  • I fully agree with this. I think kids learn empathy and kindness by growing up with animals. They also learn responsibility

  • I think if the family thinks they could look after and care for a pet then yes it is a great experience for them. Just as you said – not always possible for a number of factors.

  • Definitely growing up with pets is so rewarding for all involved!

  • I think animals are wonderful for children. I grew up with animals and loved it. I think it taught me compassion and empathy

  • Absolutely!
    Children can learn so much from animals, create many happy memories, great exercise & learn a lot about responsibility.

  • Animal help teach kids responsibly and affection .. I think one animal is safe to have rather than many .. But if allergies are a problem I would have them

  • Animals are wonderful creatures it is important to teach children to care for animals,it is very nurturing.

  • Absolutely!
    A pet can be your childs first friend.
    As a child we didn’t have pets growing up as Father wouldn’t allow it, I think we were the only kids who lived on a farm with no animals!
    My children are growing up with a dog and it has been amazing seeing them learn with & from the dog. They get plenty of exercise because they enjoy walking the dog as a family. They’re learning about responsibility making sure the dog is fed, has water, is registered, etc. They enjoy playing ball with the dog. I don’t think my children would be as happy as they are without the dog! Every morning after breakfast they are straight outside to see their dog & give him his breakfast.
    It does take a lot of work from me & my partner too but it’s very worthwhile.
    Animals are so important, they become a part of the family.
    I love nothing more than sitting outside in summer after everyone’s gone to bed having a chat to the dog. He doesn’t judge me, he always listens, & most important, he’s still going to be there tomorrow!

  • I think it is important for children to grow up with a pet, as long as the parents can afford the extra cost of owing a pet. It teaches children patience, responsibility and at some stage it teaches them about death and grieving.

  • I think it’s a great idea. Personally I didn’t and so far my kids haven’t but it will teach them the importance of looking after something.

  • Yes I think it is a great idea. At first you definitely need to supervise to ensure the child doesn’t hurt the pet or vice versa. e.g. My niece was crawling on the floor. The new pup walked up and started trying to pull the baby as though she was a toy. Children need to learn to let a dog smell their hand before they attempt to pat it. Stroke them under the chin first. Some dogs feel threatened if you put your hand on their head first as they can’t see it. Some animals don’t like you to put your face too close to theirs and you breathing into their faces. If approaching another dog…..always ask the owner first and teach the children to do the same. Some dogs are either not keen on children..or other adults for that matter….they think they are protecting their owner. Some pets – dogs and cats – tend to be a “one person” pet. Birds can be a bit funny like that too. Keep in mind who is going to care for you pet if you want to go away at all. If it is still a young pup or kitten it needs additional feeds. If you are going out for too long even for a day you may need to arrange for somebody to feed it for you. Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available at all times. If putting it outside make sure that some is in the shade and at least some of it undercover regardless of weather. They need extra if you are feeding them with dry food at all.

  • I think that it helps children to grow up with animals. It can help teach empathy and sympathy. Plus, it’s always nice to have a furry buddy to whom you can confide in.

  • I think children benefit greatly from growing up with animals. They teach responsibility, empathy and caring. If a child does not know how to treat an animal, they will struggle with human relationships. Animals are great for kids when they’re going through a hard time, they always have a friend when they have a pet

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