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Children and Pets

Things to Consider When Your Child Asks for a Pet

Christine Escobar | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Christine Escobar

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.

Divorcing? Don't Let Your Pet Become Another Casualty of Divorce

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 04.11.2014 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

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.

Catherine Hubbard: Legacy and Lessons

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Allena Tapia

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.

Coping Skills: Explaining the Loss of a Pet to a Child

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

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.

Superheroes, a Hermit Crab and Lessons about Charity

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

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.

Not All Children Are Human

Dori Hartley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents
Dori Hartley

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.