In my experience, there's no "right" time to do, well, anything in life. Whether it's deciding to have kids, taking a job, moving to a new state, or starting a relationship, change often occurs when we least expect it and not when we're 100 percent prepared. This is especially true when it comes to adopting a new pet. The responsibility of an added family member may seem like a lot — especially if you have kids — but there are a few surprising benefits to adopting a dog when you have a preschooler.
Among the many obvious benefits to owning a dog (like constant love and affection, not to mention puppy snuggles), kids can learn about responsibility and pet ownership. Children as young as preschoolers can gain a sense of accomplishment when they help feed and walk the family dog and, according to the HuffPost, that feeling can boost their self-esteem and teach them empathy. I don't know about you, but I absolutely want to teach my kids those aforementioned lessons... and from time to time would love the help of a furry friend.
Dogs also help young children learn how to make friends, start conversations, and balance their wants with the needs and wants of someone else. So while a pet is another mouth to feed and will undoubtably require some potty training of his or her own, here are some benefits to adopting a new furry friend when your child is preparing to enter preschool: