Monday’s Parenting Thought
Your first decision should be what kind of pet is best for your children and your family. A dog? Cat? Bird? Hamster? Fish? Or, if you live in the country, perhaps something more unusual like chickens, sheep, pigs, horses.
These questions can help you decide what pet is best for you and your family.
- What type of cleanup will be required?
- How much space will be needed?
- What will happen with your pet if you have to travel away from home?
- What are the costs for health care and food for your pet?
- How much people-attention will your pet need?
- How will your pet act (sleepy or active, loud or quiet, fast or slow, overpowering or uninterested) and does that fit your child’s personality?
- What do you expect to get back from your pet (cuddling, protection, playtime) and does that fit your pet’s personality?
- Does your child have the skills and maturity to take on pet chores?
- If your child is not ready for pet chores, are you willing to do the daily teaching and supervision to make sure he or she can take on pet chores soon?