Christmas might seem like a great time to surprise your child with a pet. After all, children only have to see a movie about cute animals and they start begging you for a fluffy kitten or floppy rabbit. And we don’t blame them for wanting a furry (or non-furry) friend – they are cute and make great companions.
But they are also a lot of work – not just for the kids, but for you. Ricky Yeo, President of Action For Singapore Dogs (ADS), emphasises that “at the end of the day, the parents will be the real caregivers to the pets, rather than the kids”, which makes sense since young children can hardly be counted to look after themselves (much less another living creature).
So if you think that getting your children a pet will help them mature, then you might need to rethink that.