Health Tip: Having a Pet Can Help Children

It can boost self-esteem

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(HealthDay News) -- Pets can help build your child's self esteem and self-confidence, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

They can also enrich your child's emotional development by:

  • Offering your child important exposure to issues like reproduction, birth, illness, accidents, death and grief.
  • Teaching your child responsibility.
  • Providing a connection to nature and teaching respect, empathy and patience for other living things.
  • Offering unconditional love, loyalty, affection and comfort.

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