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How to Turn Down Your Kid’s Request for A Pet

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.

For them to understand, offer a logical response to their ‘why?’
Telling them off will not settle the matter but make you even more agitated as they will keep insisting. You’ll only end the argument by showing logic in your explanation. 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. They are getting skilled in getting you to agree with their viewpoint. Brace yourself.

Show them what it entails to look after a pet.
There are children who believe caring for a pet is no different from caring for their stuffed animals. Demonstrating the amount of work and strain involved may make them give on up that pursuit entirely. 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.

Older kids should be able to handle the truth
Older kids are best placed to understand why you can’t have a pet at the moment. 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.

Propose a different project
Fill up the spare time the pet was to take with another interesting activity. Ease them into their future roles of pet owners by having them offer to take care of a neighbor’s pet, or working down at the pet shop or animal shelter. Busy neighbors may also need them to walk their dogs, for a fee. 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.