Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Too Lazy Tuesday: Pets Good For Kids!

Here's my Too Lazy (Distract) Tuesday post for this week...

Down To Earth blog recently posted something that I thought applied well here in this blog:
There are many medical studies around now that assure us that exposing children to pets and normal household dirt is good for them. It builds up the immune system and allows the body to naturally develop antibodies that fight those germs. Back a few years, when I was growing up, and even when my boys were young in the 1980s it was common for children to play out side. Out there, among the dirt, bugs and grass stains, not only were they having fun swinging on ropes and riding bikes, they were building bone strength, muscle tissue and healthy immune systems.

Ok, sure, animals are only mentioned a little bit, but still - a valuable post all the same, I believe. Let's take that into the new year, folks: animals are actually GOOD for children as is fresh air, playing and some dirt & germs. Though we want to protect the next generation from as much as possible, we don't want to harm them in the process. Having a pet not only teaches humane treatment and responsibility, but promotes a more healthy immune system too.

Check out the whole thing here.