Surveys of parents have also revealed that boys and girls spend about equal amounts of time caring for pets. It is notable that studies conducted in cultures in which sibling care-giving is common have found that children who care for their younger brothers and sisters show greater levels of empathy.
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In the Western world, caring for pets may provide a way for boys to derive some of the developmental benefits of the care-giving role in a way that is consistent with cultural norms.
Pic of the Day: Our dog threw up last night at 4 am. He kept me company while I cleaned it up.