As a parent, you have likely been asked the question, ‘can we get a dog/cat/fish (you name it)’ at least once before. Pets are a big commitment and can cost a lot of money, too. This is what makes it hard as a parent when confronted with such a request. How will a pet fit into the budget? Alternatively, money might not be a concern for you. Rather, it might be a matter of whether you are willing to have an animal in your home.
Before you make a final decision, here are a few ways in which a pet can be good for your kids.
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Happiness and Comfort
Pets bring a lot of joy into a household, and if your kids have been nagging at you to get one, they will be over the moon to finally realize that dream. A pet can become a close companion, not just to your kids but to you as well. In fact, it is thought that having a pet at home can have a positive effect on your mental well-being. Some animals are even used in therapies for people who suffer depression, dementia, and PTSD. If your kid is having a tough time at school, or the family is dealing with some difficult issues, a pet can be a good way to provide your child with some comfort through these hard times.
When your kids ask for a pet, one question often comes to mind – will you be the one left looking after it? While in some cases this might happen, the bottom line is it’s up to you to make that choice. Getting a pet can be a good opportunity to teach your kids about responsibility and how to look after another living creature. Taking a dog out for a daily walk when they get home from school, for example, is one way to do this. Or put them in charge of the animal’s daily feeding routine, or teach them about caring for their pet’s health properly. You can do this by bringing them with you when you take your pet to the Little Elm vet clinic, for example. They will be able to understand that just as humans need check-ups, so do animals.
It Gets Them Out of the House
This point really is aimed at families that are thinking of getting a dog, or another animal that requires regular outdoor activity. Nonetheless, having a pet like this is a good way of making sure your kids get away from the TV, computer, or tablet screens and are getting some fresh air and exercise.
Think Before You Buy
If your kids are asking for a pet, there is more to consider than just what they want. Pets cost money, therefore making sure you can afford to keep one is the most important thing. Insurance, food, and additional costs all add up quickly, and a lot of products aren’t cheap to purchase. No one likes to let their kids down, but sometimes the answer has to be no.
Ultimately, as the parent, it will be your decision whether or not to bring a pet into the family home. Think about the above points to help you make your mind up.