by Amber Kingsley
If you’ve been a parent for a while already, you know that having kids is a great responsibility. You have to take care of their health, appearance, psychological well-being, social comfort, and so on. And if you’ve ever lived with a pet, you know that’s a big portion of responsibility too. You need to ensure that your four-legged friend is healthy, happy, and not hungry.
Both kids and four-legged friends require love, care, and attention. Each one is challenging in its own right, and double-challenging when rolled into one. Below are some great ways to help your kids and newly adopted pets make friends with one another.
Make Sure Your Kids and New Pet Are Introduced to Each Other
Although it sounds like an obvious thing to do, you should make sure to introduce your kids and pets to one another. Both kids and pets are vulnerable creatures, and it takes time for them to adjust to the new circumstances and start feeling comfortable. So your goal is to take things slow and make sure the stage of the first encounter is not skipped. Give your kids and new pet some time to get to know each other. Follow the best practices of introducing pets to children, and soon enough you’ll see how great they pull together.
Teach Your Kids the Basics of Pet-Friendly Etiquette
The least you can do is to teach your kids to treat pets respectfully. It might sound a little bit overdramatized, but your goal is to make sure your kids understand that they should treat pets the way they’d like to be treated. It’s not polite to come play with a pet when it’s sleeping or eating. It’s also not a good idea to try to pull pet’s fur or jab fingers in pet’s face. All these rules of treating pets are about common sense, and they are necessary to follow. Not only will these tips help your kid and pet make friends faster, but it is also a way to ensure your kids are safe when pets are around.
Ask Your Kids to Help Take Care of Your New Pet
Another great approach to follow is to encourage your kids to take part in pet-caring activities such as washing, feeding, walking, and so forth. This way, your kids will gradually develop the feeling of responsibility regarding your new pet. And the benefit of this idea is twofold. On the one hand, you’ll be able to relax and be sure that your kids are safe when your pet is around. On the other hand, you’ll get a great deal of help. After all, who wouldn’t want a helping hand when it comes to taking care of fluffy friends?
And What’s the Bottom Line?
When it comes to introducing pets and kids, time is key. Just like making new friends with people, making new friends with pets consists of many stages. Don’t rush it, and your loved ones will make a great team before you even know it.
About The Author
Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.