Around the holidays, many parents are faced with the dilemma of what to do when children in the family are hoping for a furry friend on Christmas day. Children tend to not realize that having a pet can be a lot of responsibility. More often than not the responsibility ends up being shifted to the parents. There are veterinarian visits, food and grooming issues that may need to be handled. Animals will require a lot of attention and taking care of. A dog needs to be taken out at least 3 times a day, a cat needs to have it’s liter box cleaned at least once a day for sanitary reasons, and to prevent the cat from having accidents around the house. Part of the excitement of receiving an animal as a gift is to receive a gift that keeps on giving. Here are 3 alternatives to giving live pets as gifts this holiday season.
1. Cell Phone
There are many reasons that a cell phone is the perfect gift for child looking forward to a pet. Children in this day and age are intrigued by anything technology related so there will be an instant distraction. Most service providers offer “pay as you go” plans for as low as $20 monthly, which depending on the carrier typically gives 200 minutes, which should be enough for a child. Walmart also carries an AT&T pre-paid card with 2000 minutes for $44.88. Pay as you go phones can be found in stores like Walmart, and can be purchased for as low as $4.95. For a child that already has a phone, buy an updated phone with features like mp3, android and touch screen.
2. Volunteer Ambassador
Being a Volunteer Ambassador can be very rewarding. Sign up the family for volunteer opportunities at your local zoo . This way your youngster doesn’t have just one kind of animal to look after, but several different species from all over the world. Volunteering also teaches responsibility, commitment, and community service.
3. Sponsor a Child
What better way is there to give the gift that keeps on giving? By sponsoring a child, not only do children learn humanity and the art of paying it forward, but they also gain a perspective that very few children get the opportunity to have. Sponsor a child for the family to care for and involve the children in the process. Explain to the children that the child being sponsored does not have necessities like food, clean water and an education. Make sure they know how your family will impact the sponsored child’s life. Whenever payments need to be made, have children help with the process. Children can be responsible to remember what date payments need to be made with your assistance, so that they are in a way responsible for payment being made and on time. The family will receive a photo and profile of the child being sponsored and will be able to send letters as well, and receive updates. An organization like Children International not only has opportunities to sponsor a child, but your family would also have the ability to take it a step further and visit your sponsored child if you choose to do so.
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