A pet or no pet? That is the question.

A lot of parents think that getting a family pet is going to help kids learn responsibility and love for animals. While that may be true in most cases, kids won’t learn anything if you don’t have a plan. So, if you want to teach these important life lessons, let me make some suggestions. First, talk about all the responsibilities that come with having a pet. Dogs have to be fed and walked, poop has to be cleaned up, and they need to be groomed regularly. Talk about these responsibilities. And if they’re all in, go get your pet. And when your pet is home, assign weekly or monthly responsibilities. Accountability is key to success. Honest hard work is what God expects from all of us.

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