As kids begin to get older, around the age of 3 or 4, they tend to gravitate toward responsibility. Perhaps they want to help mom in the kitchen with dinner or dad out in the garage under the hood of the family car.
Parents tend to give in and allow their kids to assist as they see fit, but when it comes to taking ownership of something, nothing works quite as well as pets.
The one variable in this discussion is the age of the child, and when you get into that toddler group, you want to tread lightly and choose carefully when selecting a pet of choice. Moms and dads might lean toward the obvious: dogs and cats.
Those types of pets might be more suitable for kids a little older, since you're talking about walks, more consistent feedings and lots of potential clean up as well. When you get into the aforementioned age group, you want to go the route of simplicity over what you believe to be the right call with man's best friend and a lovable kitten. Chances are if you decide on a pup or cat, you as the parent are going to saddled with most of the work involved.
Now, the obvious choice is the ubiquitous goldfish, since they swim and you sprinkle. The rest is nothing more than repetition. The goldfish, however, is more visual than actual enjoyment for kids of that age group.
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