What Your Child Can Learn From Caring for a Pet

Has your child been asking for a pet? It’s a big decision to introduce a pet into the family. Pets come with a lot of responsibilities, but they can teach valuable lessons to kids. In this video, Dr. Katherine Rivera of St. Louis Children’s Hospital discusses the many things that children can learn from caring for a pet. Learn about how having a pet can support your child’s social and emotional development.

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