children and pets

Sometimes, you have to let go.
Finding the right pet for your family shouldn't be a decision that is taken lightly. As a parent, I can relate to the seemingly endless barrage of requests for a cat, a dog, a goldfish, or bird. It can be really tempting to give in to these requests, especially when you encounter an adorable, but unwanted pet who really needs a home.
Abandoned pets is one of the many sad outcomes of divorce. Marital problems, conflict and ultimately divorce is behind a significant number of pet turn-ins for animal shelters every year.
A year after Catherine Violet Hubbard's tragic passing in Newtown, Connecticut, her mother, Jenny Hubbard, continues to learn from Catherine every day, and it's these lessons that inform Catherine's legacy.
Sometimes it falls to us as adults to help a child deal with the passing of a beloved four-footed family member. When that happens we need to be very careful in our explanations.
Since Simon turned 2, my husband and I have tried to downplay materialism and play up the importance of helping others, even while knowing the concept of charity is hard for a young child.
It's no big news that human beings love their animals. Some folks love their pets so much that they perceive them as family members, even as children.