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Adult Children And House Rules (Part 3)

Chores: Adult children should be solely responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their own living spaces. If there are common areas that multiple members of the household will share, there will need to be a chore schedule or general agreement that will work for everyone. If the laundry room is to be shared, you might want to consider giving each member an official laundry day so that you don’t run into any conflicts in timing.

Other rules: Because it is your household, you retain the right to ban specific behaviors and certain items such as, for example, alcohol, drugs, and swearing from your home. If you think something will have a negative impact on your home or its inhabitants, especially any underage children that may be present, you should make sure that your adult children know and will respect your wishes. Make sure to keep these rules focused on the home environment, not what your grown-up children do when they are away from home.

Children and pets: If your adult children have children of their own that will be living in your home with them, they should be expected to keep their children supervised and cared for and instructed on how to abide by the house rules. Everyone in a household should have the right to at least a certain degree of privacy and everyone should respect each others belongings. If your adult children are bringing pets into the household, they should be expected to take proper care of them and take financial responsibility for any damages that they might cause.

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Your Child’s First Pet (Part 5)

We’ve been talking over some basic rules involving getting a pet for your first child, the conversations that need to take place before bringing the pet home, and some things to consider as a parent to ensure a safe and happy experience for all. We went over some beginning steps for freshwater tropical fish, rodents such as hamsters and Guinea pigs, and birds. Now let’s go over the most wanted pet by most children: dogs.

Dogs, “man’s best friend”, are one of the most fulfilling companions that a person can have, and through proper care and training, can be one of the strongest addition to any household – barring allergic reactions of course, if applicable. Dogs can act as both a playmate and a very effective home security measure! Upkeep on dogs can be more than the previously mentioned animals. Expenses including regular veterinary visits, needed accessories (leashes, chew toys, etc.), and food costs are something that you should strongly consider before you and your family take on this big responsibility.

Also, housing is very important, and situations will differ depending on whether or not you plan on making this an inside dog, an outside dog, or a combination of the two. Any dogs left outside will need a dog shelter that they can escape to for shade on hot days and to avoid getting wet on rainy days.

When it comes to the dog itself, dogs over 50 pounds could pose a possible accidental danger to very small children, but this is more the exception than the rule. And don’t buy into the fallacies that breeds such as pit bulls or rottweilers are always mean or aggressive dogs. In fact, small dogs more often injure people than big dogs do. A dog is as good or as bad as the way it’s been trained and treated.

Hopefully you and your child can find a pet that will make everyone happy, as well as provide good lessons in responsibility and accountability, as well as provide years of fun and joy for you and your family.

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Your Child’s First Pet (Part 4)

We’ve been discussing some good options for a child’s first pet, and how to make them understand the level of commitment and responsibility that animal require. It’s important that you are sure your child is ready to take this on, and that it’s not an impulse want that leads to animal neglect. Last time we went over the positives of tropical fish and rodent ownership, let’s talk about our feathered friends.

Birds can be wonderful pets, but for younger children, there a few avian types that will be better than others. Canaries, finches and even cockatiels are good candidates as they are easiest to care for, although it should be noted that handling birds, especially finches, could cause the spread of salmonella if your children don’t wash their hands properly and thoroughly after each handling. It’s very important for both you and your child to understand that birds can carry diseases and parasites. Daily cage cleaning, keeping the bird away from food and food preparation areas, as well as proper hand washing practices will greatly reduce the probability of any issues in this department.

Parakeets are another good option, as they tend to be good-natured, tolerate handling well, and can even learn to talk or mimic sounds that it hears regularly. The cost for parakeets and supplies are very cheap, which is an added bonus in today’s economic slump. Birdseed, in general, is considerably cheaper than say, dog or cat food, and you can always use recycled newspaper for cage lining, so the most expense will probably be the cage. As long as wingspan is taken into consideration, you should only ever need one cage for the bird’s life.

A bird is slightly more work than rodents or fish, but it can be very rewarding for your home and family. Next, we’ll go over a couple other great options for older children who bigger responsibilities well.

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Your Child’s First Pet (Part 3)

There are so many good reasons to allow your child to own and care for their first pet. This will bring on a whole new level of responsibility and expectations for your child, and will prove to be a educational experience, as long as ground rules are set and your child or children understand the responsibility that goes along with caring for a living animal.

Last time we went over a good “starter pet”, the freshwater tropical fish. The advantage of owning a purely observational pet could be just the ticket for you and your child, depending on their interest level and your willingness to occasionally get your hands wet to help with the trickier maintenance aspects. Now, let’s go over another good option for a first pet, rodents.

Despite some common opinions, rodents tend to make for great first pets as well. They are extremely easy to care for, and are fun to watch as well. Guinea pigs, fancy rats, gerbils, and hamsters are good candidates. Regardless of what some pet store workers or owners try to tell you, it’s never a good idea to house these different types of animals together. Territory issues and different diets among these types or rodents are a couple reasons why co-habitation is not advised.

Your child should fully understand that rodents are mammals, and they require fresh food and clean water at all times. You will want to closely monitor your child to ensure that your rodent pets are not starved or neglected, and that a proper feeding understanding has set in with your child. Also, the animal’s bedding will need to be changed at least every other day. This is possibly an opportunity to spend time with your child and supervise to ensure safe handling is being practiced.

Because of the extremely high levels of attention that ferrets and chinchillas require, they are not recommended for younger children or first time rodent owners. Guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats will usually respond positively to handling and affection, and can tend to get very socialized if handled often. Just make sure you supervise your child until you are fully confident that both respective parties are safe and happy, and you are well on your way to happy pet ownership!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 2)

Last time we went over the groundwork for the decision to get that first pet for your child. While this will be a safe and happy addition to your home, it’s important to fully understand this decision to ensure the happiness and safety of both your family and the animals involved. Doing your research and being fully prepared for the type of pet you choose to take on will definitely make this first experience a fulfilling one.

Many experts would suggest smaller and easier to care for animals such as hamsters, fish, some birds, or guinea pigs as great starter animals for most children.

Freshwater tropical fish have the advantage of being fully contained within an aquarium, so a lot of responsibilities that are associated with other types of pets will not apply there. In a nicely arranged aquarium, tropical fish can make beautiful living decoration for any room in the house, allowing the whole family to enjoy their calming effects.

One thing to consider with fish, however, is that trickier maintenance tasks such as safely and effectively cleaning the inside of the aquarium can prove to be too complex in nature, or just too much responsibility for young children. Because of this, you will be expected to do things such as vacuum the gravel and scrub any decorations or inner glass panes to remove excess algae if needed. It will be important to stay vigilante and make sure that no foreign substances, such as dish soap or other dangerous chemicals, accidentally get into the tank. It should also be noted that saltwater fish are considerably harder and more expensive to care for, and only experts in the field should ever try to achieve that undertaking. Freshwater fish are cheaper, much more durable, and just as neat.

This being said, depending on the interactive responsibility level of your child or children, fish may be the perfect “starter pet”, as long as its well understood that fish are observational pets only, and can’t survive outside the tank!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 1)

Owning and caring for a pet can be a wonderfully educational and fulfilling experience. Not only will you want to be emotionally ready to welcome a pet into your home, you’ll want to do your research as well. Children, as well as animals, are so varied that it’s important you find that perfect pairing, as well as follow some general guidelines regarding your children and pet ownership.

Depending on which type of animal you go with, your children will be able to learn, through interaction, different independence and responsibility lessons. All the follies and fun that you remembered with your own childhood pets can be experienced again. You might even get to educate your children on animal births if you find yourself with expecting pets.

The learning will never stop, whether you get a dog or seahorses, although both carry their own types of care and levels of responsibilities that both you and your child should understand and agree upon before you get the pet. It’s important for the well being and safety of the animal, as well as your family that your child knows that the pet’s life is dependent on the responsibility that they have agreed to, and any negligence could result in the animal getting sick or possibly dying. Some proper forms of exercise, along with care and daily attention, are required for all pets, fins and feathers alike.

The best thing to do is to start with something small and safe, and work your way up as the child grows in age and responsibility. Depending on what type of pet you are considering, rescuing from local shelters is always the best option when possible.

Next time, we’ll go over a few tips that will help to make your child’s first pet ownership a rewarding experience, as well as go over some specifics regarding the safest and best fit for your child.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.