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How Animals May Enrich Your Child's World

By Sandy Schroeder

Animals come in many forms with many choices. There are the animals in zoos, animal parks and petting zoos, or on the farm, that may fascinate your child when they are young. Weekend trips to the zoo may become a special outing for young children.

Then there are storybook animals that may become nightly favorites in tattered books that are read and reread. We had a National Geographic series that introduced the kids to owls, wolves, foxes and koala bears, too.

And finally, there are the soon-to-be-spoiled new kittens or puppies that may come to live at your house.

You may choose all three for your child, or just stick with zoo buddies and storybook heroes.

How Animals Expand a Child's World

Whatever your choice, the benefits are positive. Psychologists tell us animals have a calming influence on children and adults. One study found watching fish swim in an aquarium helped lower blood pressure. Other studies say children who enjoy wildlife often form bonds that last throughout their lives as they become involved in environmental causes and wildlife protection.

My kids enjoyed animals everywhere and always benefitted. They loved the zoo, read and reread their animal stories, and learned a lot about life with real live pets.

How to Choose a Pet

If you are thinking of adding pets, do all of the homework before you go out to find your next family member. Check out any possible allergies, and consider what it takes to have a cat or dog move in. Care, feeding, baths and walks all have to be handled on a daily basis. Sometimes these can be great ways for kids to take responsibility to help.

If everything is a go, plot your course carefully, pre-picking the right-sized pet for your house. When you bring them home, make sure all of the shots have been completed and you have everything that is needed. Also be prepared for unexpected glitches, where more litterbox training may be needed, or a lonesome puppy whines all night.

It sounds like a lot, and sometimes it is, but there are some benefits that go beyond the ordinary. When things go wrong, pets always understand, and provide lots of furry hugs and wet kisses. They can be counted on to be there whatever happens, and to listen when nobody else does. If you are lucky, they will go right through school and onto college with your child. We were very fortunate to have that happen with three marvelous cats.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Maple Grove, Minn. 

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