Children and pets are very often a good mix, bringing value to both human and animal. There are many studies that show a positive benefit to the developmental progress of children if they are allowed to grow and learn in the presence of pets.
Learning thoughtfulness, care, and how to be gentle (i.e., “playing nice”) around others usually starts with pets in many families. Children have much to gain by having a pet in their lives and the pet reaps the rewards as well in the way of affection and a lifelong friend.
Small children should always be supervised around pets by an adult. Kids and pets complement each other’s emotional need for affection and attention, but since kids are still learning, the parent needs to keep an eye out for the hysterics, the hurt feelings, and of course the drama kings/queens!