Should I Give My Child a Pet as a Gift?

In Lifestyle, Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

As the holidays draw near, parents are faced with the expensive and stressful task of fulfilling their children’s wish lists. For some children, this is a bicycle, a Nintendo Switch, or an elusive Hatchimal toy. In contrast, some really ambitious children spend the year begging their parents for a pet: a list that may include hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, cats, dogs, ponies, and unicorns. While the price of a pet from a store or the adoption fees from a shelter may seem palatable, there is so much more to consider when giving a child a pet as a gift. For example, it seems that any time there is a popular movie or event involving a specific animal, there is a surge in purchases of that animal. For example, when 101 Dalmatians, …