When there’s a dog or two in the house, the relationships those pets have with the kids is closer than the ones they have with their siblings.
Kids report having less conflict and more satisfaction with their pets than with their brothers and sisters. Girls, especially, enjoy a strong bond with their pets and they tell them all of their secrets.
Pets seem to enhance a child’s development, too. Kids talk with their fur friends and those friends don’t talk back, don’t tease them, don’t hurt their feelings, are always happy to see them, love them unconditionally and want to be part of their lives.
Kids can practice their social skills on their pets. They learn how to show empathy and loving kindness. They learn to give love and receive it.
Sibling rivalry? A furry mediator might be just what you need.
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