There are many assumptions about the role of pets in children’s lives. You’ve probably heard some of them: Pets teach children to handle responsibility, help them learn compassion, and so on. And, in truth, there is some evidence indicating that companion animals can positively influence children’s development. But is it sufficiently strong to suggest that you will be doing your child a disservice if you don’t get him or her a pet now? Probably not.
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The theoretical perspectives that frame the formal study of child development call for studying children in their natural environment. Clearly, considering the prevalence of pets in households, that environment includes animals.
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