Reading what the experts say about child-pet relationships constitutes only part of your homework. You must also take into account personal factors. What is in store for you and your family? Is a job change looming? Is one of you going back to graduate school? Are there plans for another baby? Will aging parents likely need care or even be joining your household? Any of these events can impact the lifestyle and familial relationships that are part and parcel of your decision about whether to add a pet to the family at this time.
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