How Pets Influence Building Strong Family Bonds
Having a pet is one of the biggest wishes for almost every kid, and while the kids are the ones who experience the most happiness when they get their furry friend, this is something that can be useful and enriching for the entire family. Pets can have a profound positive impact on children’s development and relationship with other members of the family, so if you have any doubts about the importance of pet companionship for your children and family, read on for further consideration about their influence on building strong family bonds and making childhood better.
All pets are people’s best friends, and they are teaching us how to express our emotions better. Dogs, in particular, are attuned to humans, and they learn to interpret our behaviours and emotions. As any good friend, they help us cope with what we are going through. While they don’t express their emotions through words, we still understand them and we are motivated to show our emotions to them. As a result, we will become more accustomed to expressing what we feel to other members of the family too.
This emotional aspect goes beyond the mere expression of emotions. Children especially learn empathy and compassion from their pets. After a while, they begin to feel when their pets are tired, hungry or even sad for a reason. Children who develop such feelings of respect for animals will also learn to respect people, and their family members more than anyone. A family where there is a mutual respect between the members can’t be anything other than happy.
When one or more of the household members is going through some tough times, the entire family is affected by their stress. This, in return, can disrupt the relationships and peace within their community. Luckily, your furry family member can guide you through the problems and rid you of stress, by lowering your blood pressure, reducing the levels of stress hormone and giving you support. It is no wonder that pets are frequently used to provide therapy.
It is never a good thing for one household member to do every household chore. A pet is a great way for the family to learn how to share responsibilities. While one of you can take your pet to walk or feed it, the other one can take care of acquiring pet supplies online regularly. If there are little kids in your family, they too can participate in taking care of the pet, starting from the smaller tasks, such as refilling their water bowl to some more daunting jobs like washing.
One study pointed out that most families pet owners believed that their pet friends understood when they confided in them. They also perceived that their pets were sensitive to their moods which they could sense from their tone of voice, body language, or tears. If everyone in the household is confiding to their pet that means they won’t bottle up stress and negative emotions, leading them to eventually burst and become very anxious or start a fight.
Pet ownership is never the same. You are always finding yourself in brand new situations, some more and some less pleasant, but you can’t deny that you always walk out of them knowing more than you knew when you walked into them. At the same time, pets can help you teach a lot of things about yourself (e.g. how patient you are) and about your family members. This will indubitably result in stronger family bonds.
There is no doubt that pets are much more than just fun. They are creatures we love, and they can teach us many things, including sharing our emotions and becoming a stronger, more connected family.
Olivia is a psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs, Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.