Ways animals can improve children’s development

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Published on October 1, 2021 | Accommodation, Activities, Tips, Travel

When you think back about your happiest childhood memories, how many of you remember spending time with your pets? Well, it turns out that having an animal companion has a significant impact on children’s development. This is further emphasized if the parents are animal lovers as well. Think about it, having pets teaches you to have a sense of responsibility, improves communication skills, and most importantly provides social and emotional support in times when you least expect it.

Here are more ways animals can improve children’s development through their formative years:


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Cuddling with a pet improves mood and boost immune system

There are many valid studies that support the benefits of cuddling! When you cuddle your body releases endorphins and oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that has a calming effect and makes you more capable of dealing with stress. Additional benefits are lower blood pressure, and also an overall better emotional stability.

Children with animal companions have higher self-esteem

Having a loyal companion that trusts you, listens to you and provides emotional support helps build confidence and self-esteem in children. This is because having a constant companion helps them feel secure and grounded in everyday life.

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Having pets increases empathy and compassion

Pet owners will find this more relatable than others. There is an emotional connection or bond that is created between you and your pets. This will build empathy and compassion in children from an early age.

Builds responsibility

Having a pet helps instill a sense of responsibility in children. Their pets become their best friends, and what do best friends do? They take care of each other! Having pets will teach your kids a sense of responsibility internally, which is an important skill that they’ll carry throughout their life well into adulthood. 

What do you think of these benefits? If you love animals as much as we do, come and take your children to the petting zoo in Bali Safari Park! Your children will have a safe environment where they can interact with the animals. 

Your admission to Bali Safari Park is included with your reservation at Mara River Safari Lodge! Also, enjoy even more discounts when you book through our website directly!