Animals – My Most Valuable Advice
How to Handle a Request for a Pet
It is a normal request from your children as they grow to want to have pets. If you are ready, then accept to get one. However, if you are not, it shall be tricky turning them down. Your reasons against getting one immediately will go a long way in reassuring them and setting up for a future acquisition.
Turning them down has to be logical
A simple response of no to their query will be met with protests, making all of you frustrated as they shall keep pestering you. You’ll only end the argument by showing logic in your explanation. An impending family trip, or relocation, will make them see reason and agree to wait a bit longer. There is a chance they may not let the matter rest but come up with more reasons. They are getting skilled in getting you to agree with their viewpoint. You better be ready.
Show them what it entails to look after a pet.
Some kids bear the misconception that there is no difference in the care given to a pet and a stuffed doll. When they are shown the kind of work they will have to do and the stress that goes with it, they are likely to tell you to put off the purchase. In your discussion, make a list with them of the pet care activities and processes, ask them to show you which they can already do, and as you keep going, their initial enthusiasm will start to wane, especially in the less glamorous parts such as cleaning up poop or treating flea infestations. That should make them think otherwise concerning keeping a pet.
Older kids need to be told the simple truth
Older kids are best placed to understand why you can’t have a pet at the moment. If it is an issue of finances, they are more likely to understand better than if they were younger; similarly they could be about to join a school far from home and thus cannot care for a pet
Offer an alternative pastime
Fill up the spare time the pet was to take with another interesting activity. Ease them into their future roles of pet owners by having them offer to take care of a neighbor’s pet, or working down at the pet shop or animal shelter. They could make some money by walking the dogs of busy people in your neighborhood. While they are getting better at caring for an animal, they are also working towards making enough money to buy their own.
The the decision to get or not to get a pet for your kids is not a light one and as such, find out all that it entails and after careful deliberation, decide what to do. Taking care of a pet could be a wonderful experience for the kids. Your kids deserve understanding and a good explanation, whether or not they are getting a pet.