Balancing Responsibilities – Be A Good Parent And Pet Parent

Pets are a healthy and happy inclusion in the household. Experts believe that the children, who grow up with pets, have a positive mindset. Pets can impact their minds and be their happy companions. They also help in social development and relieve stress. Getting a pet to take care of can also make them more responsible and compassionate.


But it can be difficult to take care of a pet along with a developing child. The parents need to grow certain lifestyle habits to keep both their children and furry children healthier and happier. Let us explain the same to help you handle your responsibilities properly.


Educate your children on pet care

Young adults are capable of taking care of their pets. You should teach them the right ways to do that. Give them small responsibilities, like bathing their pets, cleaning their mess, and taking them out for playing in the yard. It will also make your children responsible, mature, and more inclined to nature. However, keep a close watch on them to prevent accidents.


Get the right pet

You should get the best furry friend for your children, depending on their age and maturity levels. Dogs are regarded as the best pets for children under 10, as they love humans and are protective of their family. Besides, you may also need someone to keep a watch on your infant in your absence, and the pooches are good for that. But select the right bred, as some can be quite possessive and may not like the divided attention.


Shop for both

When you are a parent to both your children and furry babies, you should ensure that they are not jealous of each other. One way to do that is shopping for both your babies together. The experts at Coziwow suggest keeping a tab on your pet’s needs before you get them anything to reduce waste. Make sure that the things you buy for your children are not harmful to your pets in any way and vice versa.


Teach them basic manners

Teach your children to behave more responsibly towards your pets and vice-versa. For example, do not let your child pull at the ears of your dog or beat them for fun. Punish them if they do. Similarly, stop your pooch from biting your children, even playfully, or scratch them accidentally. If your furry friend is teething, you should get the better things to chew on instead of damaging your children’s playthings.


Groom your pets

Some children can be allergic to pet hair. You should groom your pets more often, give them a haircut, and shape their nails to reduce the chances of accidents. Also, clean your home regularly to get rid of shed hairs and prevent allergies. Keep separate rooms for your pets and children and do not let the latter sleep with the former on the same bed.


Get rid of toxic materials

Both your children and pets are adversely affected by some toxic chemicals and substances that lie around. Electrical cables, toxic cleaning agents, insect sprays, and other materials should be out of their reach. If you have to go to work every day, these little habits can make a huge difference to the health of both your children.


Keep their snacks separately

Do not let your pooch get a sniff of your child’s food, as it may contain substances that can affect his health adversely. At the same time, you should instruct your child not to touch the pet food. Feed them separately and in separate rooms, if possible, so that they do not indulge in a fight. When a child grows up with a pet, s/he considers the latter as a sibling, so it is natural to have such fights. But, do not encourage it, as it is not cute.


Develop their relationship

You should also take measures to enhance their relationship by taking them out for walks together, creating common playtimes, and making them feel connected. It will help you in the long run, as both your children will learn to protect each other in your absence. As they grow up, these small things will create an unshakable bond of friendship.


As a pet parent, you may have some additional responsibilities, like understanding their expressions, especially when they are in pain. Children are also more receptive to such unspoken words of their pets more than the adults.


Further, your children will have all the time to attend to your pets’ needs, which you may not. And the pets too have the quality to sense imminent dangers and take prompt action. Hence, bringing a child and a pet up together is a pleasing experience for every parent, as it makes parenting easier.


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