Life with a toddler can be an overwhelming experience. You're likely potty training, navigating tantrums, answering a million questions, and all while trying to keep them safe. So why not make things really interesting and throw a dog into the mix, right? While that decision might sound bonkers, there are actually more than a few surprising benefits to adopting a dog when you have a toddler.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), research has found that among the many benefits your toddler may reap by growing up with a dog, a higher self-esteem tops the list. And not only does a furry companion reduce stress, but a toddler who goes through the process of adopting a dog in need with you may feel more compassion and empathy. According to the website Working Mother, becausedogs are reliable, always-there-for-you kind of friends, kids with dogs may experience less loneliness, depression, and anxiety, too. Dogs may even help those children at risk for behavioral, social, or mood disorders by fostering a sense of self and responsibility. Oh, and did I mention they're super cute?
Of course, only you and your family know whether or not now is the right time to adopt a dog. But if you're on the fence and wondering if a toddler and a family pet might be too much, consider the following low-key reasons why adding a furry friend to the fold might be the best decision ever: