“MOOOM, DAAAD! Can we get a puppy? PLEEEASE?”
I’m sure you’ve heard this one a couple of times already (read: every day) if you are a parent. When the day arrives where kids become aware of the fact that it is actually possible to have a cute and cuddly friend in the house full-time, many parents are instantly skeptic. Who will take care of the pet? What if it makes a mess? How will the kids handle it when it dies? How much will it cost?
These are all important questions you need to think about before making this long term decision. But if you can find a way to work around the potential issues, getting a pet might just be the best thing that has ever happened to your family. Probably the happiest day in my own childhood was the day we brought home our brand new puppy and probably the saddest was when she passed away, although this was an important life lesson in itself. A similar life lesson can also come from showing your kids that there are sad animals that have been through bad things that will become happy again if they take good care of them.
In this issue of Urban Family, we wanted to address the problem abandoned animals in Shanghai and what you can do to help. Adopting, fostering and volunteering are some of the ways and involving your kids as much as possible will help them become the kind, compassionate and nurturing human beings you want them to be.
Camilla Ohlsson, Chief Editor
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