Is your yard fenced or can it be fenced? If you don’t have a yard, where will you walk your pet? Engaging your children in a discussion of these practical aspects of pet ownership can forestall impulsive choices and give them a better understanding of the pet’s needs.
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If your children are old enough, encourage them to read about prospective pets in the library or on the Internet and report back to the family about what they learn. Then you can all discuss how the characteristics of that particular pet might match with your family’s preferences and circumstances.
Pic of the Day: If you’ve ever had a dog, you can probably relate.