Guest Blogger Series: Seven Reasons Why Families Should Have a Pet – MommyStroller

Guest Blogger Series: Seven Reasons Why Families Should Have a Pet – MommyStroller

Welcome to another guest blog in this series. Whilst I am on my way home from sunny Portugal, I am leaving you in the capable hands of Olena who is today discussing the benefits of having a family pet. 

Olena is 28-year old Ukrainian living with her family in San Diego, California. She is a stay-at-home mom of two: 3 years old girl Sofia and 13 month boy Daniel, and also a sphynx cat Dory. She loves her morning coffee and little everyday miracles. She is also a contributing writer for MommyStroller.com, a site dedicated to helping parents overcome the overwhelming feeling they experience when picking out baby gear.

Guest Blogger Series: Seven Reasons Why Families Should Have a Pet - MommyStroller

Seven Reasons Why Families Should Have a Pet

Do you have kids begging for a pet? Maybe you had a pet growing up and are considering getting one for your child. There are a lot of benefits to adding a furry friend to your home. Here are seven reasons why your family needs a pet.

Teaching Responsibility

Owning a pet comes with a lot of caretaker jobs. The pet must be fed, bathed, and groomed. Many pets need exercise and time outdoors. If you have a young child, you can perform these tasks with them. They can assist you until they are old enough to perform them on their own. For older children, this is often a first lesson in responsibility. In order to keep the pet alive and in good health, they must do a good job.

A sense of pride often accompanies learning responsibility. This is your chance to instill confidence in your children. When they do a good job with their pet, they will feel good about their caretaking abilities and themselves in general.

Learning New Skills

If your child has never taken care of anything or anyone before, this will be an opportunity for them to learn many new skills. They will have to learn how to train the pet to live in your home, what kind of food it needs, and how to groom it. They will learn how to look for signs of illness and how to clean up large messes. Your child will learn how to interact with animals, and gain a sense of appreciation for them. This will in turn help your child have a sense of appreciation for nature and the world around them.

Less Illness/Allergies

Children who grow up in homes with a dog or cat usually have less respiratory illnesses. Research shows that babies who live in a home with a dog or cat have less colds. They also have lower risks of allergies and asthma. Scientists think that exposure to pet dander and the microbes these pets carry around with them help build your child’s immune system. Not only will your baby have a four-legged friend to play with, but that furry pal could keep them from getting sick.

Staying Active

Having a pet can ensure your child is spending time outdoors. With videogames and television shows, it can be hard to keep your kids active. Having a pet who needs to go outdoors, particularly a dog, can help. Your child will need to take the dog out to play as well as go on walks. So, your child will get some fresh air daily.

If your child is too young to take care of the pet themselves, you can still get them outside. They can help you play with the pet. You can also put them in a jogging stroller and take both them and the pet for a walk.

Pets also make good company for outdoor family activities. Dogs are great for camping with kids, going on nature walks, and visiting state parks. Taking your pet on vacation or family outings will ensure you all get enough fresh air and outdoor activity.


Pets can be a great way to help calm a child. Some kids are even more relaxed around their pets than they are around people. Being able to play or talk to a special pet can help a child feel better. If your child is feeling upset, stroking a cat’s fur or petting a friendly dog can help them process those emotions. Children who may otherwise feel lonely can find a loyal friend and unconditional love in their pets. Pets can also help teach your child friendship through play and having fun together. They bring joy, help relieve stress, and are great listeners.

Sibling Bonding

If you’re looking for a way to unite your children, a pet may help. A pet gives them something in common that they are all excited about. Make sure you find a pet that they all love and are interested in caring for. Then, you can split up responsibilities for the pet. Your children will become a caretaker team, and learn how to work together. They will also have the opportunity to all play together with the pet. For siblings who differ in age or interests, this will give them something to talk about and make memories with. Your children will be able to recall stories of their beloved pet years down the road.

Learning How to Read

If you plan to get a dog for your family, you may be surprised to find they could help your children learn how to read. Children are sometimes embarrassed when learning how to read, because they stutter, make mistakes, or don’t know how to say the words. Research shows many children enjoy reading to a dog before reading to another person. Children see dogs as non-judgmental and calm. Dogs just sit and listen, taking the pressure off the reader. This is why many libraries bring dogs into their reading programs. A dog may be just the calming presence your child needs.


There are several reasons why owning a pet will be great for your family. While pets do require work and extra cleaning, they also bring joy and playful energy. Gifting your children a pet will ensure a childhood full of great memories.

Guest Blogger Series: Seven Reasons Why Families Should Have a Pet - MommyStroller


Big thanks got to Olena for writing this post for my blog. We have just a cat at the moment, despite the Little Man (and the Big Man for that matter) wanting a dog – I’ve said when he’s old enough to walk it we will think about it! But in the mean time, this is paws for thought! (See what I did there?!) Thanks again Olena, don’t forget your badge!

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  1. 31st October 2017 / 7:56 am

    We have 4 dogs and have had many other pets over the years. Our family is even closer because of our ‘babies’. The come back home to visit them all the time and want regular photos and videos. Great post x #TriumphantTales

  2. Lucy At Home
    31st October 2017 / 4:48 pm

    When my eldest was born, we had 2 small hamsters. Unfortunately, once baby arrived, we didn’t have much time to lavish on our pets and had to give them away. Now my kids are a bit older, we are considering getting some more hamsters because they’re desperate to have pets #triumphanttales

  3. Mummy2twinduviduals
    31st October 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’d love to get a dog at some point but think I’ll wait until my girls are a bit older. #triumphanttakes

  4. aliduke79hotmailcom
    1st November 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Having a pet definitely helps kids to learn responsability.

  5. 1st November 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Love this post and couldn’t agree more having grown up with 2 cats 1 dog and 1 hamster! Fascinating about the teaching reading bit. Sadly my wife and now I have developed cat allergies but I would love to get some sort of pet for my Daughter at some point. #TriumphantTales

  6. randommusings29
    3rd November 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Pets are fantastic for children and there’s some great reasons here, but I think it’s also important to consider whether or not you’ll have time to care for the pet properly as let’s be honest, that’s going to fall on mum and dad
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  7. 6th November 2017 / 1:08 am

    What a great post (and series)! Pets are good for so many things and your list is great! I’ll add unconditional love to that list! At least from dogs… #triumphanttales xoxo

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