There is no doubt that kids today are growing up in a world entirely different than the one we grew up in. Much of that difference can be seen through technology and the incredible toys and gadgets we have been seen only in sci-fi movies. It seems odd that in the course of a couple of decades some aspect of our life can change as much as toys did, but the truth is that every generation had their own revolutions, our parents did not have mobile phones, our grandparents did not have a TV, and so on. Now, let us see, what is actually so different about toys then and now.Tamagotchi vs. Pou
Remember Tamagotchi, a small gadget every child wanted to have in the end of the ‘90s and at the beginning of the ‘00s? It was a handled digital pet housed in small egg-shaped computer (the size of a keychain) with a simple interface of three buttons. The pet was an alien species sent on Earth in an egg, and the player was supposed to raise the egg until its grown stadium. The creature goes through several stadiums, where a player should feed and take care of it. To those of you born after 2000, it is the predecessor of today’s famous Android app Pou. Basically, Pou is the same as Tamagotchi, with the possibility of using a touch screen instead of buttons, better interface and various mini games included.Nintendo 64 vs. Nintendo Wii U
Honorable mentions go to Sega and Sony, but in the mid ‘90s Nintendo was two steps ahead and launched the most advanced gaming system seen in those years. Super Mario 64 still sits on the throne for the most revolutionary 3D game ever, and we could only imagine that the future brings great things for Nintendo. And in 2006 with the first Nintendo Wii, we could get a glance of it, while in 2012 with Wii U with its incredible ability to track movements practically real-time and support various video services and apps.Skateboard vs. Hoverboard
During the ‘90s and ‘00s, there was an entire skateboard culture, which spread beyond riding the skate all the way to fashion). Back then if you owned a skate, you were “the cool kid” in the neighborhood, and if you could ride it with a couple of stunts – well, you were a God. The second part of the franchise Back to the future, presented us incredible technologies expected in 2015, and though we all wanted those self-lacing shoes, we have even more craved for the flying skateboard. Kids of today can rejoice, because they have a similar thing – a hoverboard-like Segway device, which allows them to experience almost levitating on a self-balancing two wheeled gadget. Wow!Poo-Chi vs. Ubooly
The first extremely popular toy with some sort of sensors was Firby, but when Poo-Chi the robotic dog came into the picture everything has changed. The toy could walk, sit up, lie down and even display emotions by changing LED eyes. Today there is a plentitude of toys that carried on the Poo-Chi tradition, but Ubooly is the cutest one. It is a plush toy with iPhone or iPod Touch compartment. It takes only to activate the Ubooly app, and its face will appear on the screen. Ubooly can be constantly updated with new jokes, stories, songs and games, so it can constantly keep the kids entertained.It is true that toys have changed, and they will keep on changing, but the basic goals remain the same: to entertain, to educate and to develop skills.
Having a pet by your kids’ side while they are growing up is a true blessing for many reasons, and the most important of them is certainly the fact that they will have best friends no matter what. It’s high time you got your own ball of fur if you already haven’t, so check out our list and see why kids and pets are so adorable together.
- Costume Party on Point
Is there anything cuter than kids preparing for a costume party together with their pets? We don’t think so! Including furry friends in every aspect of their lives, including this one, can be highly beneficial for both children and animals, so what are you waiting for? Possibilities are indeed infinite, starting from Harry Potter and Fluffy, the three-headed doggy, over Superman vs. Batman craze, to beautiful Elsa and her faithful companion Olaf. Cuteness overload at its finest!
- Travelling All Around the World
Who says that pets can’t be true travelling buddies during a road trip? Trust us, your kids will be thrilled to explore and indulge in some new adventures with their favourite fluff balls, so give your best and make it happen! Really, is there anything more adorable than a picture of your dog that sticks through the car window, with his tongue out and his ears flying around, together with your kid who tries to do exactly the same thing? One thing is sure – they will connect even more during the trip, and become inseparable. Best friends do that, right?
- Best Buddies for Life
Allowing children to have pets from an early age will largely contribute to forming their personalities and becoming responsible and thoughtful adults. Kids who grow up with at least one pet usually grow up to be caring about other people and animals in general, which is exactly why parents should introduce them into children’s lives as soon as possible. If you give them a pet, you can be sure that they will have faithful and loyal buddies for a lifetime – and that will create an unbreakable bond between them.
- Playing and Learning Together
One more aspect of pet lovers’ lives includes playing and learning together with their favourite fur balls, and that is truly priceless. Seriously, who can help your kid explore those puddles after rain better than your dog? See that mud right in front your house? Don’t be surprised when you see your kids covered in it from head to toe, together with their partner in crime, with an “It wasn’t me!” expression on their faces. Besides these entertaining activities, you can be sure that your kids will learn about the eating habits of their pets, so make sure that you introduce them with that part of having a pet, too. You can teach kids to feed their pets, give them treats and bravecto treatments, which will make the bond between them even more unbreakable.
As you can see, children and their pets really can be best friends for a lifetime. The fact that an animal is truly a big commitment makes it even more important, simply because that will teach your kids to be more responsible and caring towards other animals and human beings. Besides being their friends, pets are also children’s teachers, so don’t wait any longer and get one for your kids. You won’t regret it!