In the span of their childhood, your offspring will at some point ask you to buy them a pet. Should you be prepared for one, then you as a family shall be happy. 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
A simple response of no to their query will be met with protests, making all of you frustrated as they shall keep pestering you. 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. It may turn out to be the fastest way to get them to give up, when you show them how hard it can be. 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. 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 can delay their gratification better than young ones. 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.
Offer an alternative pastime
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. They could also walk the dogs of your busy neighbors and get paid for it. 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.