How to Handle a Request for a Pet
Children will after some time ask to keep 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
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. If there is a planned family activity such as a holiday coming up, kids will see the sense of postponing getting a pet. There is a chance they may not let the matter rest but come up with more reasons. They are getting skilled in getting you to agree with their viewpoint. Brace yourself.
Let them know the amount of work involved in keeping 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. That should make them think otherwise concerning keeping a pet.
Tell older kids your true reason
For older kids, the truth as to why you cannot get them a pet, for now, will be easier to accept. 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
Fill up the spare time the pet was to take with another interesting activity. 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. They could start saving up for their pets while they are gaining the necessary experience in taking care of a pet.
The the decision to get or not to get a pet for your kids is not a light one and as such, find out all that it entails and after careful deliberation, decide what to do. 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.