Many kids ask their parents for pets. While it can be tempting to say no – after all, kids are enough work on their own – pets can be a great way to teach your child responsibility, caring, and help them develop a comfort level with animals that will help them in the future.
My husband started it really. Even when my daughter was only a handful of months old she loved watching him working on his various projects. He’s an engineer so there are always projects sitting around our house, waiting for his time. As soon as she became big enough to crawl over to him, he would give her pieces or tools to hold and investigate. She would look up at him with her toothy grin full of admiration and wonder.
We have, as parents, recently fulfilled a long time promise to our children to allow them pets. I myself was going for a dog. With all three children at school, a dog would be motivation to get out for some air and exercise whatever the weather. Everyone loved the idea of a dog, everyone was willing to take a turn cleaning up dog poo from the yard, and everyone was willing to take a dog on walks, play with it and feed it. Everyone was in agreement, a dog would be perfect! And, everyone was shocked that I was agreeing to a dog.
I don’t remember at what age I started to get an allowance. I don’t remember at what dollar amount it started or incrementally how it grew. By the time I was old enough to remember getting it, it was $20 per week (or maybe every other week) and I’m fairly certain I blew it on things like nail polish, Barbie clothes and lip gloss. When I got a little bit older, before I had a part time job, I used it for McDonalds with friends, movie tickets and the occasional clothing item that my mother declined to purchase. If she liked it, she’d buy it. If I liked it, but she didn’t, I had to buy it.