I already lost count of the pets in our house that have come and gone over the years. Our kids have been incessantly asking us for a puppy but Paolo and I are not really big dog lovers, (and knowing the commitment and cost of taking care of a dog), so we’ve compromised by allowing them to bring home rabbits, turtles, birds, guinea pigs and hamsters, to name a few.
Most kids want pets because they’re fun to play with, to watch, to take care of and love. Kids learn a lot too by taking care of pets. They learn to be responsible over another creature’s life. They learn to be gentle, caring and dependable. They learn that it is a serious business to take care of somebody else, as they clean cages and make sure the food trays are filled.
If I had my way, I really wouldn’t want any hairy or slimy creature inside our house. But given all the things my kids can gain from the experience, well, the “torture” is worth it. 😀