Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: What type of pet you want.
PRACTICE: Today, think of a pet you might want to have. Answer these questions about your choice:
- What type of cleanup is required?
- How much space is needed?
- How much people attention will the pet need?
- What do you expect to get back from the pet (cuddling, protection, playtime)?
Don’t make up answers. Do some checking to make sure you know what your choice of pet is really like. If you learn things about this possible pet that you think will be a problem, think of a second choice.
Notice over the next week whether you know anyone who has a pet like your first or second choice.
If you already own a pet, answer your questions about that pet and think about whether it is a good fit for your family. If your answers say it is not such a good fit, think about how you can adjust to the pet and how you could train the pet to adjust to your needs.
Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PICK A PUP. Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.
Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)
Read the whole story at Kids and Pets: The Basics.