Every kid deserves to grow up with a pet. A beloved animal does wonders for a child’s physical, emotional, and mental development. For a child, the unconditional love exchanged, the anxiety reduced, and the commitment to caring for a life can set them on a solid path. If you think your child is ready, here are some factors to consider as you choose what kind of pet to get.
The Lesson of Costs
Caring for a pet will help teach your child how to nurture and be responsible for another life. While each pet requires different care, most of them at one point in their lives will require the assistance of a veterinarian. Like all medical bills, the costs can add up quickly. In order to avoid the high costs of medical assistance, it is imperative to get pet insurance.
Include your children in the process. Teach them the important lesson of veterinarian costs and how to evaluate pet insurance by considering covered services and deductibles. Also, show them how to choose the right provider. For instance, according to Pet Life Today, Embrace offers insurance that covers accidents, illnesses, wellness visits, and preventative care.
Choosing the Right Pet
There are a lot of factors to consider when determining what type of pet to get your child, such as the size of your house, the age of your child, how busy your family is, and the lessons you would like to teach. For example, if your child is young and you want them to generally be responsible for taking care of another life, a fish might be a good option. A fish will require the cleaning of a tank and daily feedings. If your child needs companionship, physical activity, and more responsibility, a Labrador or other breed of dog could be the perfect pet. On the other hand, if your child is ready for some responsibility but not enough that they can devote a ton of time and attention, then a cat may be the best way to go.
The Daily Reminder
Whatever pet you decide to get will require a daily feeding or two. To prepare your child for that key responsibility, give them a daily task that they have to do for a certain amount of time, every day, before they can get a pet. Some chores you can give them to prepare are:
- Taking out the trash
- Setting the table
- Washing the dishes
- Helping to prepare a meal
- Making a bed
Moving and Grooving
If you choose to get your child a dog, they will need physical activity. Depending on the breed, the level of physical activity necessary will vary. So, make sure your child is up for the task; just because they are active outside with their friends won’t necessarily mean they want to run with the dog or throw a ball. A daily walk will require your child to stop things they are interested in so that they can tend to the well-being of their pet. Get them ready for the physical requirements by having them take walks at the same time every day.
If you believe your child could benefit from getting a pet, then it is time to prepare them for the responsibility. Let them in on the decision-making process by teaching them about costs and the requirements to care for the pet. Before getting the pet, help your child understand the responsibilities by getting them into routines. There are many advantages to getting your child a pet; just make sure they (and you) are ready to take that step.