Kids might prefer their pets to their siblings because they get more satisfaction out of their relationships with their pets than they do with their actual siblings.
Are your kids constantly wearing you down
It could be time to get a dog because kids might just prefer their pets to their siblings.
A recent study from Cambridge University produced results that most pet owners already know, and that is that animals are the best.
It appears that kids get more satisfaction out of their their pets than they do with their actual siblings.
The study was carried out on 77 families each with a 12 year old child with siblings and pets.
They noted that children spent a lot of time playing with their pets.
Furthermore they found that the children showed stronger relationships with their pets than with their siblings with far less conflict.
The households that had a dog as a family pet showed the strongest bonds.
Was the bond the same for girls and boys
The study also found girls tended to have stronger companionship with their pets than the boys in the study, but had more conflict. Girls also shared more personal information to their pets than boys did, and treated them like a good friend.
Pets obviously can’t talk back to the children after the child has been having a conversation with them or confiding with them. Its thought this may be even more healthier for the child than engaging with a sibling that could argue back.
The social support that kids receive from their pets may well support a healthier psychological well-being later in life.
Next time your children are fighting with one another and you’ve pulled all your hair out then perhaps you need a furry referee to help keep the peace.
If you are thinking about getting a dog please remember that its a huge commitment and change to your household. Please have a look at this article 10 Things You Need To Consider Before Getting A Puppy