It happens in most families. Parents who have to go out to work can sometimes inadvertently neglect the kids. It’s not a cruelty thing, it’s an exhaustion thing. Knowing when to put down work and pick up your baby is important and coming home from work and getting stuck into family life isn’t easy when you need to switch off. There are many things you can do to improve your family life at home and part of the battle is turning your work brain off and putting your mind into it. One of the best ways to do that, is to get a family pet. Now, I know that is a big commitment and it can be a daunting one, but if you are struggling to separate your work and home life, it could be the bridge you need to get your family back together, on the same page.
Investing in a dog for your family can mean family walks in the morning and evening before the day begins. This quality time spent laughing, playing fetch and discussing what has been done that day is precious and can be taken advantage of in a good way. Don’t be fooled into thinking that life with a dog is like those dog movies on Netflix everyone will love, because it isn’t. For a start, they don’t talk to you and secondly, they tend not to have adventures with the neighborhood cat. Having a dog is more than just getting something cute and furry to live in the house with you. Animals, like humans, require interaction, attention and love and if it’s not something you could give them, you shouldn’t get a dog at all.
Children benefit and flourish with a dog in the home. Learning responsibility of a beautiful animal is important from a young age as they will learn how to take care of a creature that is different from them, that depends on them. That little slice of independence will continue into their work and school life and they can gain confidence understanding how an animal operates. You as the parent has to make the ultimate decision, especially financially. Look into all the costs that are associated with owning a dog. What vet bills may you have to pay, what pet insurances, how much their food and bedding will cost. You also have to weigh up whether you can afford to replace items in your home that the dog could ruin. Not every dog chews on shoes or carpets, but the risk is still one you take when you invite an animal into the house.
If you make the decision to go ahead and get a family pet, it’s not one you will ever regret. Dogs are loyal, excited, peaceful creatures for the most part that will fall in love with your family and be everything it can be. They sense your mood and can be a real-life comfort when times are tough. Getting a family pet is not something you’ll regret, and you’ll bring back some family balance!