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. If your circumstances allow, it shall be a wonderful experience. Unless you are not, in which case you need to handle their deliver you response well. How best you explain your decision should settle the matter for now, and also help you prepare for a pet as time goes by.
Your negative answer must be accompanied by a reasonable explanation
It is not wise to simply turn them down, as their persistence with the subject shall be quite tiring. A rational response will end the discussion. 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. With time, they know exactly what to say to get you to comply. Brace yourself.
Present in great detail, the activities one undertakes in pet care.
There are children who believe caring for a pet is no different from caring for their stuffed 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. 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. At this point, they should have made up their minds to postpone getting one.
Older kids need to be told the simple truth
Older kids can delay their gratification better than young ones. If it is an issue of finances, they are more likely to understand better than if they were younger; similarly they could be about to join a school far from home and thus cannot care for a pet
Suggest engaging them in something else
Since they currently can’t have a pet, suggest something else they could do. 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 make some money by walking the dogs of busy people in your neighborhood. This money could go towards purchasing their own, after they have gained enough experience.
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. It may turn out to be a great addition to your home. Whatever the outcome, prepare well your explanation before talking to your children.