Kids And Pets: Teaching Children About Pet Ownership

Tiny boy playing with ginger cat house.Growing up with a pet is a wonderful memory for many of us; and as parents, we want our kids to share in the joys of having and caring for a childhood pet. Besides being a friend and confidant, pets can teach our children important lessons about responsibility, compassion, and empathy.

But how do you know if your child is ready for a pet? Or which type of pet to adopt? And how do you guide your kids in learning about pet care? These are all key questions to consider when it comes to raising the next generation of responsible pet owners.

It’s also important to remember that, regardless of your child’s age, any pet you adopt is a family pet, and not just your child’s pet. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a family to raise a pet. Never leave your pet’s life dependant on the actions (or inactions) of your child after all kids and pets go hand in hand. Continue…