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How does having a pet teach your children responsibility?

May 22, 2017

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If you are an animal lover, chances are you asked your parents for a pet when you were growing up. If you didn’t, chances are your future children will.

When your family decides to get a pet, there are a few things to consider. First are the positive consequences. For example, your children could practice having important responsibilities, like feeding or cleaning the pet. They could also be partially financially responsible for the pet in some cases. Caring for an animal could also teach your children compassion and empathy. When the animal is lonely or hungry, your child will learn to respond to its needs and help them find relief.

Having a pet takes time and money, so first-time owners might prefer to start small. Fish and hamsters could be just the thing for your family.

How has your family addressed the desire for pets? What is your advice? Leave a comment.