Role-Playing: When Your Child Wants a Pet
When your child begs for a dog or cat and promises to take care of it, Baby Toolkit has a great suggestion:
If your child wants a dog, BEGS for a dog, and you don't want to shoulder the entire responsibility for a pet, test the child's promises to "take care of the dog." Make an agreement. If your child will wake at a specified earlier time and then "walk" the imaginary dog (10 to 20 minutes) every day for 21 days that you will then begin seriously considering getting a pet. I'd make it a month of walking because that's how long it takes to establish a habit.
The same role-playing can go for feeding the pet, changing the litterbox or bird cage liner, freshening their water--any responsibilities you want your child to assume.
Via Baby Toolkit.
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at August 11, 2007 9:18 AM