Good article on the importance of introducing your child to the reality of death via a pet. Whether a goldfish or rabbit, or even the family dog, it is important to teach your child the reality of death. Of course, within a sensitive way!
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The article, I Refuse To Lie To My Kid About The Death Of A Pet, by Kimmie Fink states,
“In the grand tradition of lying to our children, is the whopper we tell them when a beloved pet has died. Even before I became a mom, I never understood why parents would tell a child that their dog or cat went to live on a farm, ran away, or took a trip, instead of just telling them the truth. My views haven’t changed, either, and now that I’ve gone through the loss of a pet with my daughter, I’m even more convinced that honesty is the best policy. I refuse to lie to my kid about a pet’s death, and here’s why.
Pets have been a central part of my 2.5-year-old daughter’s short life. When she was born, we had two cats and a dog in our home. One of our cats passed away when baby girl was only 3-months-old, but the remaining cat and dog have been wonderful “fur siblings” to her. My cat Hank was always especially patient, lying with her as she played on the floor, gently tolerating chasing and tail-pulling, and even comforting her when she cried. He got really sick around her second birthday, but he pulled through. And when he turned 15 last fall, I knew I needed to start preparing myself and my family for the inevitable.”
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