Welcome to the July edition of Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Pets and children.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants are sharing their thoughts and experiences with pets and children! Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I was 20 weeks pregnant, gaining weight miserably, preparing to become a mom of two and amazed at watching my little girl learn how to walk, she toddled around and waddled and we thought it was funny. Then one night, my husband decided we needed a cat. We spent the next 3 weekends visiting our local humane society, each time we never found one that made us fall in love. The 4th time we went, was different. We walked in, Emilee, my then 15 month old walked up to the kitty sitting out front and for the first time, she said clear as day “KITTY KITTY KITTY” she then repeated this all day long. But, she only did it to that kitty. He was gorgeous, had blue eyes, Siamese coloring and was laid back, and was only about 7 months old so we knew we could keep him for a long time. We promptly took him home after making sure Emilee didn’t scare him. We couldn’t have found a better cat.
Flash forward to present, we have 2 cats, Casper the original, and Nermal, the new guy. My advice to anyone looking to get a cat, dog, sheep, lamb horse, goat or guinea pig. Make sure your kids are involved. 4 months, 10 months, 4 years, 14 years, it doesn’t matter, Just let them play with the animal, if it will be a household pet, then you’d hate to have a dog your child was scared of.
This is Casper, and Emilee doing what they love to do. She can be angry, or scared or upset and he can walk in the room and there with a big smile is “awe kitty my kitty o kitty” and the day is better, the rain is gone, and most importantly the cat still meows (when you have a toddler, and the cat survives for more than a few weeks without clawing her to death, or her carrying it for so long that he disappears forever, it is important that the cat still meows because if not, he is most likely hiding under your dryer… true story)
And for added cuteness, the same rule applies for dogs and babies. You must see the temperament of the dog and baby when left to see each other and hang out. Because for 2 minutes, a dog can seem sweet as can be, however he can get rowdy with a tiny baby.. Exhibit A: Elijah who is 4 months old and our step-dog (he belongs to my mom) Bella.. Whoever says pit bulls are mean must look at this picture and then repeat themselves.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Pet’s Role in the Home School — If a house isn’t a home without a pet, how can you imagine homeschooling without one? Erica at ChildOrganics discusses the many benefits of home schooling with pets. .
- Toddlers and Whiskers, Co-existing as One — Mama Duck at Quacks and Waddles explains how to introduce new pets to toddlers and babies
and the Death of a Pet — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama offers suggestions on how to help children work through the loss of a pet. She includes a variety of books to support both parents and children during this tender time.
Reasons to Be a Foster Family for a Pet in Need — Christy from Adventures in Mommyhood: Mommy Outnumbered gives her top 10 reasons to consider fostering a pet until a forever home can be found.
Dogs for New Baby — Jennifer from Mother of the Pack gives advice to new parents for preparing their dog(s) for a baby
Pets and Death — Lauren at Hobo Mama has walked with her son through the untimely death of their cat, a fascinating and troubling journey.
- The Health Benefits of Having Pets — Laura from Authentic Parenting tells us exactly why having pets is beneficial to your child’s health.
My Healing Dog — Bianca at the Pierogie Mama writes about her loveable old dog, Romeo, who at one point she had to give away but a few years later he was placed back in her life when she least expected it.
Tips to Help a Child That is Afraid of Dogs – Ariadne at Positive Parenting Connection is sharing helpful tips and using play to help children overcome a fear of dogs.
Value of Pets – Caroline from Stone Age Parenting writes about how pets have brought so much more than happiness to her life and how she has learned to appreciate and respond to the needs of animals and of humans.