Parenting with Pets: The Magic of Raising Children with Animals

Parenting with Pets: The Magic of Raising Children with Animals

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by Christine Hamer, Margaret Hevel

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Parenting with Pets: The Magic of Raising Children with Animals 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by the warm stories tossed throughout this book of owners and their pets. Each a short adventure into another place and time. At first I was a little skeptical about this book because I thought it might be one of those pushy do it this way with your pet books. After reading I was truly pleased and surprised. I was given advice without the harshness other pet books can bring and presented with examples of real life experiences in the process. Being a parent and a pet owner is hard work but a true joy, only those of us willing to take on the responsibility can know the pleasure it brings to the family. Parenting with pets gets into the joys and sorrows a pet can bring to the family and how communication is much easier with your child when you have a pet in the family. It teaches us how pets caress the soul of even the toughest child and teaches them acceptance and love, lessons they will forever keep and pass own to the next generation. The best part of this book for me was the Grief section since it really puts into perspective how we as parents need to make sure we are there for our children for this process and how important it is. As a parent and a pet owner I have experienced this with my kids and my 20 year old daughter still has a fresh wound since she lost her beloved dog this past year. The anniversary of Niko's death a great Dame/lab mix was the week of Thanksgiving. He was so sick and she struggled with having to put him down. I made sure I was there for her and told her it was her decision. Even though I knew Niko was suffering I did not push her to make the choice until she was truly ready. Parenting with Pets is a great book not only for parents to read before acquiring a pet but also for parents who already own pets. If you are thinking about purchasing a pet for your family it has many tips on how you can avoid getting stuck with the chores after the excitement of pet ownership has died down for your children. You can also find a pet guide in the back of the book that can help to narrow down a particular kind of pet for your family type.
TS_Satterlee More than 1 year ago
Kudos to authors, Christine Hamer and Margaret Hevel! Their work, Parenting with Pets, is a wonderful study of the benefits of pet ownership as it relates to family dynamics and, in particular, childrens' relationships with pets. Hamer and Hevel have stretched boundaries to honestly present all aspects of pet ownership, leaving readers with wonderful tips and real-life experiences that illustrate how pets enrich our lives and learning, from toddlers to teens and beyond. I found this book to be an easy, enjoyable read that not only reinforced my own feelings regarding the importance of pets, but further educated me on the subject. I especially appreciated the authors efforts in highlighting the pros and cons of a wide variety of pet choices, enabling readers to make educated and responsible decisions in choosing future pet family members. I further applaud the inclusion of solid and effective parenting guidance, seamlessly incorporated, drawn from the authors' personal experiences, both with their own families and from their careers, as well as their utilization of interviews with other sources. Parenting with Pets is a must read for anyone with pets or considering adding a pet to their family. As well, I would consider it an invaluable resource for any facilities that handle pet adoptions or purchases, animal rescue facilities, school counselors, family and child therapists, senior living advisers and grief counselors.
lifeofamodernmom More than 1 year ago
As a family with a yellow Labrador Retriever, I really enjoyed reading this book. We had our dog prior to the birth of our son, and I would have to agree with the book as to the benefits our dog is to our family. My son absolutely loves his dog, and the dog provides wonderful family interaction and unconditional love. This book was wonderful to read because it made me understand more about our dog, and the impact the animal can have on a family, both emotionally and physically. This book also explored teaching skills as a parent when you incorporate the animal into the family. The book is full of pictures and writings from children. It is an easy and fun read. If you are thinking about adding a pet to your family, this book wonderful and definitely a Must Read! You must check out this book for yourself to learn more! This book is full of great information.
CouponClippinMommy More than 1 year ago
Parenting with Pets explains how important a pet can be to children of all ages. Pets can provide someone for a child to talk too and often help you find the soft spot in those that are rough around the edges. Even at two and a half my Son helps us walk the dog. He has also learned how to pet her gently as she is a small dog. Parenting with Pets helps you to make teachable moments with children of all ages and their pet(s). My husband always says "our dog will be the source of a very tough conversation one day." I remember growing up when our dog had kidney failure and had to be put to sleep. I was in college. Our children will be much younger when our precious pet moves on. The Circle of Life chapter was very informative on how to handle this subject. I was encouraged by the words in this book not to let the fear of a pet passing over shadow the positive affects a pet can have on the family. This is a book I will be coming back to before we add another pet to our home. In the chapter Will Any Pet Do? the authors write about a variety or common pets and provide detailed information on the pest, the cost and time commitment necessary. While I am not sure I would do well with a rat or guinea pig it is important to discuss all the pet options as a family and decide which one will fit best with your family when the time comes.
BTHM More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be VERY informative and interesting. I would go as far to say - IF you are thinking of getting your child a pet, READ this book first. Not only will you have a good idea of WHAT type of pet is better suited to YOUR child, but you'll know the reason WHY your child should have a pet, including: 1. Companionship: Pets don't discriminate and they don't judge. At Purdue University Center for the Human-Animals Bond, Dr. Alan Beck found that nearly seventy percent of children confide in their pets. The children said that they knew their pets would not betray them or their secrets. 2) Responsibility: Children provide the pet with food, water, and clean housing and in the process, discover that they are needed and relied upon in a way they most likely have not experienced before. Assuming responsibility, at its deepest level means children learn to be responsible for themselves, for their actions and hopefully for the global community. 3) Non-verbal communication: Brenda Bryant, a University of California-Davis Applied Behavioral Science Professor found children with pets have increased verbal skills-becoming more attuned to nonverbal communication as a result of interactions with their pet ("reading" their pet's body language). These children also demonstrated the ability to draw the correct conclusions about emotions from human faces more accurately than those from homes without a pet. AND another study showed that kids that get bullied are not good at reading non-verbal communication...So a pet could cut down on bullying! Yup, the book covers ALOT. I liked how she broke down the age groups and how they handle emotions and their psychological and intellectual challenges. It is interesting to think about this when selecting a pet. I grew up with dogs and cats (and hamsters and fish), so I understand all the benefits of having a pet, but the book helped me to make valid choice regarding a possible pet recently, based on the psychological/physical limits of my child, as explained in the book! Hamer uses real life scenarios to bring home her points, for those who may not have grown up with pets and it is a great addition to the book! I can't recommend this book enough! If you know of someone looking at getting a pet for the kids- recommend they read this book- they'll be happy you did!
MarineCorpsNomads More than 1 year ago
Parenting with Pets is an in-depth resource for anyone who is considering (or already has) pets. The authors use personal stories and interesting studies to help keep the attention of the reader. The authors talk about the changing roles of pets throughout a child's life (preschool, early elementary, adolescent, young adult) as well as the benefits and responsibilities during these ages. It goes into how pets can help children (and parents) communicate about topics such as birth, reproduction, and death. Finally, the authors go into deciding which pet (if any) would be a best fit for your family. The book includes several pages of helpful resources at the end. There is a good bit of technical information included in this book, but the personal stories and studies woven throughout the book help achieve a good balance. If you are looking for a book that will tell you why pets and children can be a good mix, this book will, most likely, be a good fit for you. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of writing a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
chaotic_reviewer More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very informative for parents that already have or are thinking about getting pets. I loved how everything was in chapters and each chapter only focused on one or two things. My favorite part of the book was the chapter titled " Will Any Pet Do?" Christine lists some great questions to ask before getting a pet and also details some great pets to consider. The only thing I found lacking with the book was it doesn't take into account much {fish and hermit crabs are mentioned} the reptile pets. Ad a mother of children with pet dander allergies, if it has fur or feathers we can't have it. So we are proud frog, fish, turtle and lizard owners. The personal stories and thoughts added throughout the book are a great touch and we all loved sitting around reading! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book filled with helpful information for pet owners, families with pets! The true stories sprinkled thoughout are beautiful! Don't miss adding this one to your household!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a book with helpful information on buying or living with pets--this is it! The stories scattered throughout will touch your heart! Hey folks, Parenting with Pets just won an Indy book award!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Information written in a useable fashion for raising children with pets. Poignant stories from children and adults!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thie is a great resopurce for parents and/or grandparents raising children with a pet! Information for developing positive family and pet experiences and understanding our connection with the world around us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This informative book offers a terrific guide for parents with children and pets! The stories from children and adults about how pets have touched their lives are heart warming. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parenting with pets is a marvelous book full of wonderful information and heart warming stories. Parenting with pets definitly deserves five stars!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A marvelous resource for parents thinking of buying a pet or have one in their household! Heart warming stories with informative lessons.