Pets are awesome. Period. No matter what kind of pet you choose, caring for and loving a pet is a great healthy habit for the whole family. In study after study, it has been proven that people with pets live longer and have fewer health issues...and smile more.
For this Friday Fit Club, go grab that pet and thank them. Give them a cuddle, a little wave from the other side of the tank, to say thanks...and talk about all of the ways pets are great with your kids.
-- They teach us compassion. When you care another person or animal you are being compassionate, you learn how it good it feels to help and think about and do things for someone other than yourself. A key thing for kids to learn.
-- They give us joy, pure fun, free happiness. Why do you think those cat videos are so popular on You Tube? They make us smile and giggle. Imagine that on a 24-7 basis.
-- They offer unconditional love. Sure, you give your kids that, but sometimes it is hard for them to understand this concept. When Puggly meets your child at the door every day afterschool, tail a wagging, that can be a great source of strength that she isn't alone, that no matter what happened that day at school, life is still pretty good.
-- They teach responsibility. Whether it is planning for a trip and who will take care of MeowMeow or finding a dogwalker or getting a new chew toy for Buster, pets need help...and when you take on that help, you are being responsible. Talk about a great life lesson for kids to see and practice daily.
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