(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.