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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. However, if you are not, it shall be tricky turning them down. The way you handle your response will determine their reaction while allowing you to be better prepared in future.

Turning them down has to be logical
Telling them off will not settle the matter but make you even more agitated as they will keep insisting. A rational response will end the discussion. 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. With time, they know exactly what to say to get you to comply. Prepare accordingly.

Show them what it entails to look after a pet.
Some kids bear the misconception that there is no difference in the care given to a pet and a stuffed doll. 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. 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. At this point, they should have made up their minds to postpone getting one.

Older kids should be able to handle the truth
For older kids, the truth as to why you cannot get them a pet, for now, will be easier to accept. 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.

Suggest engaging them in something else
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. 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. Getting a pet may end up being a great thing for your family. Whatever the outcome, prepare well your explanation before talking to your children.