7. Learning about Life

Through having a pet, children learn some of the harsh realities about life. For example, they become aware that life does come to an end, especially if the pet is a short-lived animal like a hamster. Plus, they learn responsibility as a great preparation for the adult world. As youngsters, they will have to feed the dog and help exercise it, even if they don't feel like it. Similarly, they will have to go to work every day as adults!

Pets do involve a lot of commitment, but if your family has the space, time and money, having a family pet can be very good for everyone. Children who grow up with animals learn to care for and respect them. They also learn what responsibility means. Did you have an unusual family pet?

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