Choosing to adopt a new family member is an important decision. There are so many variables to consider like breed and lifestyle. As is the way of things, kids make this process a little more complicated. You want to make sue your new family member is a match for everybody. One important thing to do when you are considering adopting a dog when you have kids is to make sure you have a conversation about responsibility.
1. Talk about responsibility with your kids
Explain to your child that as part of the family, they are also responsible for taking care of and keeping your new dog safe. Make it a point to mention that all family members should care for each other, and that your new dog will be a member of the family too.
Ultimately, having a pet in your family will teach your child responsibility better than most things in life can. The reason dogs work better than simply sitting down your kids and talking to them is because it works on a subconscious level, and when your children live and communicate with pets, they inadvertently learn many lessons of responsibility.