Postponing Getting Your Kids 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. If your circumstances don’t, it calls for wisdom in addressing the matter. How best you explain your decision should settle the matter for now, and also help you prepare for a pet as time goes by.
Turning them down has to be logical
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. Reminding them of prior family plans like a getaway or trip should help them accepting putting off the matter. Even after presenting your reasons, they may try harder to make you see their point. With time, they know exactly what to say to get you to comply. Prepare accordingly.
Let them know the amount of work involved in keeping 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. The the idea of a pet will most likely be shelved.
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. This money could go towards purchasing their own, after they have gained enough experience.
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. However you decide you need to be prepared before discussing with your children.