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Postponing Getting Your Kids a Pet

In the span of their childhood, your offspring will at some point ask you to buy them a pet. If your circumstances allow, it shall be a wonderful experience. However, if you are not, it shall be tricky turning them down. The way you handle your response will determine their reaction while allowing you to be better prepared in future.

For them to understand, offer a logical response to their ‘why?’
It is not wise to simply turn them down, as their persistence with the subject shall be quite tiring. You’ll only end the argument by showing logic in your explanation. If there is a planned family activity such as a holiday coming up, kids will see the sense of postponing getting a pet. Expect your kids to present you with counter arguments. They may also have researched on how to get you to say ‘yes’. You better be ready.

Present in great detail, the activities one undertakes in pet care.
There are children who believe caring for a pet is no different from caring for their stuffed animals. Demonstrating the amount of work and strain involved may make them give on up that pursuit entirely. Write down all the activities involved in taking care of one, have them go through it and confirm whether they can perform all the activities, such as collecting pet poop or treating them for fleas, which is normally an unpleasant experience. That should make them think otherwise concerning keeping a pet.

Tell older kids your true reason
Older kids are best placed to understand why you can’t have a pet at the moment. After seeing how the world works, they will understand if you don’t have the money to buy one, or if they are going to college elsewhere far and will not be able to look after the pet.

Propose a different project
To satisfy their need for an activity, replace pet keeping with another appropriate project. To help them become better pet owners as time goes, suggest activities like taking care of the neighbors’ pets, or taking shifts volunteering at the animal shelter or working at a pet shop. Busy neighbors may also need them to walk their dogs, for a fee. They could start saving up for their pets while they are gaining the necessary experience in taking care of a pet.

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. Getting a pet may end up being a great thing for your family. Your kids deserve understanding and a good explanation, whether or not they are getting a pet.