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So, your kid started primary school, and they can’t stop talking about animals. In fact, they’ve made new friends – which is a great thing – and it so turns out that their new friends have a pet at home. Since then, their discourse has changed dramatically. Mommy, have you seen this cute dog? Oh mommy, can I pet the little cat? Mommy, do you like animals? And so on.. Well, it’s a good sign, it means that their perception of the world is growing. But more parents begin to worry when their kids fall in love with animals. They wonder about managing their new hobby or finding a way to explain to them that maybe they can’t ask Santa for a pony this year – especially if mommy and daddy live in an urban apartment! But there are other ways to deal with this new animal obsession, and maybe embracing it is not the worst thing that you could do for your family.
Is it time for a family pet?
It’s important to ask yourself whether now is the right time for a family pet. Regardless of where you live, in a small house with a garden or a apartment in the center of a busy town, there’s always room to introduce a pet to your family. Wondering how to do it effectively? Read this article about how to make your new family member feel welcome. More importantly, before you consider getting a pet, it’s a good idea to get your kids tested for allergies, so that you can be sure that nothing is going to go wrong. Additionally, from a goldfish to a labrador, you can find plenty of options in different levels of manageability and involvement when you’re getting a family pet. However, do make sure that everyone in the family is happy with the responsibility that comes with a pet.
How about taking them to the zoo?
Maybe, you don’t feel ready for pet adoption. How about taking your kids to observe animals and interact with them. If you like aquatic creatures, you can find plenty of sea centers that offer great activities: Here you can learn more about the Seaquest aquariums that offer a variety of services from swimming with stingrays to organizing birthday parties in the center. It’s a great way to get your kid to understand the complexity of the animal world. Zoos too are a nice day out, but they are a little low on the interaction options!
Mommy, I don’t want to eat that anymore
What if one day, you kid tells you that they love animals so much that they don’t want to eat meat or fish anymore. Or maybe they decide to become a vegan. Don’t panic! Veganism is not only friendly for the animals, but it’s also a great source of healthy nutrition for people. So there’s nothing to worry about. You can support their decision with a balanced diet. The best way is to ask a nutritionist for advice to make sure that you’re keeping your kid healthy. After all, why wouldn’t a vegan diet be good for your family?
More often than not, loving animals is a great way for a child to gather new skills and knowledge, from being responsible for a pet to learning new facts about animals. For some children, this is the beginning of a new lifestyle, such as refusing to eat animal flesh. But who knows? This could be the start of a passion and a future career too?