Toddlers and the Importance of Pets
Yesterday I had the great misfortune of losing my childhood pet, Jake. A great white lab, well over one hundred pounds, and more pony than dog, he was only one of many animals that graced the Farrell home as I was growing up. In fact, my mother, who is currently in the process of moving, will henceforth be living in what is likely to become an actual farm equipped with dogs, cats, pig, chickens, and a mini-horse. It’s for the grandkids she quips, picturing her new one-acre lot being filled with the sticky hands and flushed cheeks that come with children. But all farm talk aside; I can’t help but think that she actually has a point, because despite all of an animal’s best qualities (they’re entertaining, warm, comforting, and love unconditionally), they are actually extremely beneficial to preschool aged children’s development.