benefits of pets for kids a world of discoveries columbia

Dogs and cats are some of the world’s best creatures. They come into our homes, become a part of our families, and give us joy beyond comparison. They can make us laugh when we are sad, and they are great companionship when you are lonely. Pets can help us to stay active, and they can teach us a lot about ourselves, life, and the world around us.

A World of Discoveries is a premier day care service in Columbia, offering care for infants through 12 years old. We help students learn about the world around them through our programs that teach fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and foster independence. Below, we’ll go over some of the amazing benefits that pets offer preschoolers. Contact us today to learn more!


Pets Teach Responsibility

Caring for an animal is a big responsibility that is something a preschooler can help do. In fact, feeding your cat and dog is one of the best chores you can give your preschooler. This will teach your preschooler responsibility as he or she learns to care for another life and give them a sense of importance. She’ll learn that dogs and cats need the same things humans do: food, water, shelter, and love.

Pets Can Boost Self-Esteem

One of the best things about pets for preschoolers is the fact that they don’t talk back beyond “meow” and “bark.” This means that they can never say anything hurtful to your child and that they will always accept and love your child no matter the circumstances. When your preschooler begins to read outloud, one of the best ways to learn to read out loud without judgment is by reading to your pet.

Pets Keep Preschoolers Healthy

Studies have shown that kids who grow up with pets are less likely to develop allergies and get sick less often. They have fewer respiratory problems and less ear infections than kids who do not have pets in the home. Pets also provide immense stress relief from the mere act of petting them. They also offer emotional support and serve to comfort preschoolers when they are upset.


At A World of Discoveries, we care about your child. We offer nutritious meals, a safe environment, and a plethora of learning activities to keep your child engaged and prepared for kindergarten and beyond. Our day are providers work hard to not only foster independence, but also to guide them as they explore this world around them. We encourage them to discover their interests and comfort them when they fall down. Our mission is to ensure the health and well-being of your child while they are at our day care facility.

Our staff has years of experience in caring for children. Their passion shows as your child learns and blossoms under their expert tutelage. At A World of Discoveries, we show your child that anything is possible. Contact us today to learn more!