How to Handle a Request for a Pet
In the span of their childhood, your offspring will at some point ask you to buy them a pet. If you are ready, then accept to get one. Unless you are not, in which case you need to handle their deliver you response well. 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
Telling them off will not settle the matter but make you even more agitated as they will keep insisting. A rational response will end the discussion. 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. With time, they know exactly what to say to get you to comply. You better be ready.
Present in great detail, the activities one undertakes in pet care.
Some kids bear the misconception that there is no difference in the care given to a pet and a stuffed doll. Demonstrating the amount of work and strain involved may make them give on up that pursuit entirely. 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. At this point, they should have made up their minds to postpone getting one.
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. It may be that you cannot afford one for now, or they may not be around much longer to take care of them as they are heading out to college in a few months, and you are already too busy to assume their responsibilities.
Suggest engaging them in something else
To satisfy their need for an activity, replace pet keeping with another appropriate project. 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.
It is advisable to do some research of your own on the intricacies of pet ownership prior to making your decision. Taking care of a pet could be a wonderful experience for the kids. Whatever the outcome, prepare well your explanation before talking to your children.
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