How family pets benefit kids

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how owning a family pet can have great benefits for your children's development
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So many children ask to have a pet, and there are lots of good reasons to say yes. But I want to also say that if you're overwhelmed and you have a new baby or you have a few children and you don't think you can take on the responsibility, don't hesitate to say no. Because a pet is a responsibility. And the value is that your child will learn to care for another being. So they learn how to feed them, how to walk them, how to play with them, and these are all wonderful things for children. And also, children get something out of pets. Think about that dog who gives you unconditional, positive regard. I also think that children learn about the cycle of life with pets. They get to see pets sometimes give birth, and they get to deal with the loss of losing a pet and understanding something about death. Children get their exercise with pets and they have fun; they're just great companions. So think about saying yes if you're ready, and enjoy your pet.
ALL PARENTS, Family Life, Family Pets

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how owning a family pet can have great benefits for your children's development

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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