How to Turn Down Your Kid’s Request for A Pet
Children will after some time ask to keep 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.
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. You’ll only end the argument by showing logic in your explanation. An impending family trip, or relocation, will make them see reason and agree to wait a bit longer. Expect your kids to present you with counter arguments. They are getting skilled in getting you to agree with their viewpoint. You better be ready.
Show them what it entails to look after a pet.
Kids think that since it was easy to have and keep their stuffed dolls, it will be the same with live animals. Demonstrating the amount of work and strain involved may make them give on up that pursuit entirely. Write down all the activities involved in taking care of one, have them go through it and confirm whether they can perform all the activities, such as collecting pet poop or treating them for fleas, which is normally an unpleasant experience. The the idea of a pet will most likely be shelved.
Tell older kids your true reason
Older kids can delay their gratification better than young ones. After seeing how the world works, they will understand if you don’t have the money to buy one, or if they are going to college elsewhere far and will not be able to look after the pet.
Propose a different project
To satisfy their need for an activity, replace pet keeping with another appropriate project. 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. They could also walk the dogs of your busy neighbors and get paid for it. This money could go towards purchasing their own, after they have gained enough experience.
Before deciding, find out what it will mean to own a pet, both for your kids and for you as parents, especially what the experience will teach the kids, then give them your answer to their request. Taking care of a pet could be a wonderful experience for the kids. Your kids deserve understanding and a good explanation, whether or not they are getting a pet.