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30 Minute Mom

30 Minute Mom – Family Pets: The Secret Sauce to Raising Empathetic, Responsible, Confident Kids!

The research is clear. Children brought up in homes with pets (especially cats and dogs) are more empathetic, nurturing, responsible and self-confident. Positive relationships with pets can help children develop trusting relationships with others. Curling up with a cat or dog makes homework-time more appealing to kids. When children are anxious, their animals offer a great source of comfort. In fact, a pet can bring an entire family closer together as all members bond over the animal’s love and care. But where do you start when it comes to getting a pet? At what age is a child ready for a cat or dog? How do you safely introduce a new pet into the family in a way that involves your children in the pet’s care? Join us as we talk with Dr. Jennie Jamtgaard Willis, mother of 4, and animal behaviorist with Colorado State University. Discover the positive effects of pets on children, and how to make sure that any pet you get turns into a family responsibility and not a mom responsibility.