From teaching the kids to be more responsible to bringing the family together, pets play an important role in families and these tips will help create happier, healthier homes

Before iPads and smartphones kept us indoors and glued to our screens, many of us spent time together as families, often outdoors, playing with friends and rolling around on the lawn with our pets for hours. With schedules getting busier, smart devices taking over our lives, and ‘quality time’ becoming a rare commodity, it’s easy to lose sight of those special moments that turn into lifelong family memories.

Johan van Jaarsveld, entrepreneur and CEO of Montego Pet Nutrition, is a husband and father of two daughters and three dogs. Having grown up in the Karoo he maintains that spending time playing outside and caring for his pets played a vital role in becoming the father and businessman he is today.

Johan and Saartjie

 

He shares a few tips on slowing down and taking the time to bond as a family through caring for their pets:

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1. Teach your kids valuable life skills through caring for your pets

Dinner time is an important part of a family’s day. Get the kids involved by making it their responsibility each night to feed the pets at home. Through this task, they will learn responsibility and know that you trust them with a vital part of their pet’s life. Turn your pet’s feeding time into valuable life lessons about developing a routine, caring for others and responsibility.

2. Be active with your pets

It’s easy, in our busy schedules, to forget how beneficial exercise is for our mood and overall health. Spending just 30 minutes a day walking and playing with your pet will not only help you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, but is also beneficial for your pet’s well-being too, allowing them to get their daily dose of exercise and sunshine while spending quality time with their owner.

3. Picnic with your pets for the perfect family outing

Take your pets out for a day at the park with the whole family. Swapping the video games and TV marathons for a day of sunshine, laughter and games is not only important for family bonding time, but to develop bonds and memories with our pets too. Pack a yummy picnic basket with treats for everyone and don’t forget to pack a ball or frisbee to keep your furry pals entertained.

From teaching the kids to be more responsible to bringing the family together, pets play an important role in families and these tips will help create happier, healthier homes.