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Would kids rather spend more time with pets or siblings?

Posted at 2:09 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 18:48:55-04

When it comes to pets or siblings, more kids would rather spend more time with their dog or cat.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology' compared the relationships between 12-year-olds and their siblings and pets.

The kids reported more satisfaction and fewer challenges with their pet than with a sibling.

Overall, girls reported a stronger bond with their pet compared to boys.

The author of the study hopes it leads to a better understanding of how pets help child development.