For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
Have you thought about why exactly we value dogs enough to feed them twice a day, put out fresh water and keep them sheltered and safe?
There are quite a few important reasons from the team at TastyMoments, especially when it comes to your children.
Let’s face it. Pets are a big part of many South African families. Whether it is a dog, a parrot, hamster, cat or even a goldfish, they live with us and creep deep into our hearts. Have you thought about why exactly we value dogs enough to feed them twice a day, put out fresh water and keep them sheltered and safe? There are quite a few important reasons from the team at TastyMoments, especially when it comes to your children.
Little kids are often found chatting to their pet. There are levels of trust and mutual understanding that exist between them that we, as adults, may have forgotten. This ‘friendship’ results in the fact that children who have a pet at home have lower stress levels and take fewer sick days at school.
2. The Fit Bit
Medical research has shown that families who have dogs are fitter than the average household. This is probably because they play with their canines and take them for walks. Whether it is a stroll in a park or a brisk jog around the block, everyone is getting their blood pumping. In these times of ever-present devices and blue screens, there has never been a better time to lure the children away to get some sun and fresh air. You can all celebrate with a few Ital Pizza Snack Slices after the outing.
3. The Dog Teaches The Kid!
Little ones who have to take responsibility for feeding, grooming and cleaning up after an animal learn the art of nurturing, discipline and empathy. These are great qualities that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. The net result is kindness, accountability and care.
4. Social Interaction With Others
While walking a dog, people often start chatting to others who are out and about – especially if they have Fido on a leash (always recommended). Even if these interactions seem random, they teach children how easy it is to greet, meet and make new friends. What’s more, by stroking a tail-wagging furry friend, they are actually lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol and anxiety levels.
The study of pet ownership and the human-animal bond is known as “anthrozoology”, eek! One of the findings is that kids who have pets at home have greater self-confidence. The little ones prove to be more relaxed and chilled about life in general – and it has also been found that people feel safer if there is a hound around.
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
Charles de Gaulle
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