Owning and taking care of a pet can help your kids learn about compassion and responsibility, but not if you end up doing all of the dirty work.
Kids will make all kinds of promises when they are begging you to buy them a pet of their own.
But what can you do to instil that responsibility and ensure you’re not left with all the pet care duties?
1. Educate your children on the importance of looking after their pet.
If you want your kids to look after their pets, you need to teach them about WHY it’s important to care of them. Help them to recognise the consequences of not taking care of their pet.
For example, let them know that failing to clean out the rabbit’s cage will make them sick. Bring your children along to vet and grooming appointments so that they can take an active interest and learn about your pet with you. Show your kids simple ways in which they can improve their pet’s health, such as feeding their cat a high-quality diet, or taking the dog for long walks so it stays fit and healthy.