It seems intuitive to delay getting a pet until your kids are old enough to do the walking, feeding, and brushing themselves. But research that suggests pets of all types are really beneficial to babies and toddlers. We break down when and why a pet might be a good idea for your family.
Educators have long known that bringing therapy animals like dogs into schools helps developmentally-challenged kids learn. Now they're finding that all children can benefit from the presence of a nonjudgmental pal with paws. Pets don't just help children learn. There are actually a lot of benefits to bringing pets of all different types into your home when your kids are young. We'll walk you through the how, the when, and the why.
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Here are links to some writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:
Elizabeth Greenwood for the New York Times: How to Introduce Pets to Babies
Bill Strickland for Parents: The Benefits of Pets for Kids
Jennifer Stauffer for Care.com: Best Pets for Kids At Every Age and Stage
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