Pets are an important part of our family. Not only do they bring us joy with their unconditional love, but a pet can also be a great way to introduce children to new responsibilities beyond their daily routines.
While it can be tempting to give a child a pet as a gift for the holidays, it’s better to get the pet before or after. This way, you don’t have to worry about boarding the pet while traveling or how the new pet will act around guests.
Here are some tips to help get kids involved in pet responsibilities:
- Encourage children to reward pets with praise instead of treats. Not only is this a healthier option, but it also saves on your pet supply budget. It also helps prevent accidental nibbling on little fingers.
- Have family pet time together, whether it’s walking the dog at the park or playing with your cat and its favorite toys. When your children see how you interact with a pet, it helps them mimic your responsible behavior.
- Remind children that pets need more “me time” than humans. Provide a safe space for your pet, like a crate for a dog or a hidey house for a cat. Have a fun activity planned after pet playtime ends to help shift a child’s attention away from the pet to avoid overstimulating it.
Whether you already have a pet, are looking to add a new animal member to your family, or you can’t have pets, there’s one thing your whole family can enjoy, and that’s coloring cute animal pictures!
If you not quite ready for a pet or want to get your little excited about animals, try the Cute Animal Coloring Book. The Cute Animal Coloring Book is perfect for toddlers and kids ages 3-8 years who love all sorts of animals.
It is filled with brave lions, tigers, and cheetahs, plus purrfect pets, fantastic farm animals and sleeping sloths. This coloring book contains 50 unique awesome drawings ranging from easy to more detailed and is sure to provide hours of fun and delight for your child, and the pages are single-sided so markers and paints won’t bleed through. Order your copy today!