Everyday Grace

Four Ways Adopting a Pet Teaches Grace to Your Kids (and You)

June 10, 2015
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I've encountered very few children that didn't want a pet of some sort. And outside of children that are too rough, cruel, or allergic, kids will learn fabulous lessons of grace from adopting a pet. Parents that allow their kids to adopt pets tend to have a higher likelihood of showing grace to their children in other areas of their lives. Whether golden retriever or goldfish, here are the top four ways your family adopting a pet teaches grace to your kids (and you:)
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3. Pets teach kids to take care of the weak.

hamster_boyWill kids be rough with pets initially? Probably. But having pets helps a parent identify a child that leans towards roughness. Your child gets to use his power over the weak to become an advocate and protector instead of a cruel or self-centered super-being. Having a pet allows a child to experience being a grace-giver to the weak and minimizes the chances that she will turn into a bully. Above all else, pets provide the opportunity for children to learn empathy for the weak and vulnerable.

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3. Pets teach kids to take care of the weak.

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