5. Talk about the Implications

Children may insist that they understand all the implications of owning a pet, but they almost certainly don't. Sit down with them and draw up a list of all the responsibilities and costs involved. List everything from food and toys to pet insurance. If they're older, talk about what would happen when they go to college - they won't be able to take the pet with them, and will probably be more interested in their social life anyway.

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