Can we have one? : a parent's guide to raising kids with by Lynn F. Buzhardt

By Lynn F. Buzhardt

The choice to incorporate pets as part of your loved ones might be fraught with uncertainty. How are you aware while the time is true? How do you choose the fitting puppy? pick out a formal nutrition? stay away from universal accidents? offer enough workout? stay away from bronchial asthma? percentage caretaking obligations? now not percentage germs or parasites? no matter if you're ready to make the leap or simply starting to discover the chance, will we Have One? Read more...

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Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security and leave your infant and your cat alone in a room. Remember the unbreakable rule— when you leave a room, take either the pet or the baby along with you. As much as you want to keep the pet in your newly expanded family, be realistic. Injury to a child is a true tragedy, one that cannot always be prevented by pet training. When in doubt, the pet is out. Smooth S ailing Once the household settles into a new routine, it’s time to work at including the pet and the baby together in daily activities.

Other studies indicate that companion animals serve as important sources of comfort for children in stressful situations. 12 Psychosocial Development Some research links pet ownership with the development of positive psychological characteristics in children. In one study of third- through sixth-grade children, for example, those with pets scored higher on measures of autonomy, self-concept, and self-esteem with the highest scores among fifth and sixth Is This the Right Time? indd 33 ~ 33 8/5/08 3:16:45 PM graders.

Here’s why. If the nursery will be entirely off-limits, first allow the pet to explore the room that will be beyond his reach in order to satisfy his curiosity. Then remove him from the nursery. Later, bring the cat or dog to the threshold of the baby’s room and dole out reprimands for intrusions, followed by rewards when the limits are respected. Eventually, most pets get the message. But cats aren’t most pets. They are known to be finicky, and canine logic doesn’t always prevail in the feline psyche.

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