Oct 01

News For This Month: Tips

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 your circumstances allow, it shall be a wonderful experience. However, if you are not, it shall be tricky turning them down. 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
A simple response of no to their query will be met with protests, making all of you frustrated as they shall keep pestering you. A good reason should quell the situation. Reminding them of prior family plans like a getaway or trip should help them accepting putting off the matter. There is a chance they may not let the matter rest but come up with more reasons. With time, they know exactly what to say to get you to comply. Brace yourself.

Show them what it entails to look after a pet.
Kids think that since it was easy to have and keep their stuffed dolls, it will be the same with live animals. 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. Prepare a detailed list of what it entails, make them review each item on it and point out which they can comfortably perform, and you’ll notice the hard ones like collecting pet poop will put them off. The the idea of a pet will most likely be shelved.

Older kids should be able to handle the truth
For older kids, the truth as to why you cannot get them a pet, for now, will be easier to accept. 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.

Suggest engaging them in something else
Since they currently can’t have a pet, suggest something else they could do. 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. They could make some money by walking the dogs of busy people in your neighborhood. This money could go towards purchasing their own, after they have gained enough experience.

Before deciding, find out what it will mean to own a pet, both for your kids and for you as parents, especially what the experience will teach the kids, then give them your answer to their request. Getting a pet may end up being a great thing for your family. However you decide you need to be prepared before discussing with your children.