A study has linked parenting pets with parenting human babies, but not all studies are correct are they?
I had two babies before I had kids.
They climbed into my bed at night. They were bathed and brushed each day. Fed organic meals. Taken everywhere and photographed obsessively.And then I had three human babies in the space of three-and-a-half years and my first two morphed back into the function for which they were intended: our pets. They were bathed less, brushed seldom, fed whatever dog biscuits were on sale at the supermarket.
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So it was with interest that I read about a new study that investigated the connection between how you parent your pets and how you parent your children.
The study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, identified four main parenting styles — authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and uninvolved — and found that pet parents fell into one of these categories just the same as people parents.
“The care that people provide for their pets mirrors that which parents provide for children, and pets are commonly viewed as child substitutes. These similarities raise obvious questions about whether different styles of pet ownership exist, and what part they may play in attitudes to feeding as well as predisposition to obesity in pets.”
The (slightly complicated) study came to the conclusion that how you raise a pet might just link to how you raise your kid.
They study’s findings didn’t quite correlate with my ramshackle parenting style — I have my indulgent days, but on others Strict Mama rears her head — but what it did do was stir in me some fond nostalgia for the days when my greatest parenting dilemma was deciding which park to take my puppies to.
The fact is: having a dog is in NO WAY similar to having a child.
(Except that in both scenarios you have the dubious privilege of dealing with their waste.)
So pet-baby owners enjoy it while you can.
Exalt in it, roll around in it. Rub your little noses in these facts because these privileges disappear as soon as you have a real child: