Sooner or later, every parent is probably going to hear: “Please, am i able to have a puppy?”
Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is prepared for a pet, says Sharon Bergen, senior vice chairman of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of infancy care and education.
Bergen suggests that oldsters weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. “A pet can teach children responsibility and become an exquisite addition to a family-or it are often a burden,” she says. Bergen recommends families consider the subsequent before deciding.
Who will look after the pet? Families should agree beforehand who are going to be liable for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.
Do you have space for a pet? Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, instead of a Labrador retriever . Check the library or Internet to find out more about differing types and breeds of pets to work out the one best suited for your family.
Owning a pet is time consuming and should be expensive. relations should realize that they’ll need to hand over other activities to properly look after a pet. If the prospect seems too daunting, parents may suggest waiting until the kid is sufficiently old to assist look after an animal.
Bergen recommends the entire family meet the animal before deciding to require it home. Owning a pet may be a long-term commitment, so think twice before adopting a furry new loved one