If you are like most families in America, your kids probably bug you day in and day out for a pet. Kids love cuddling with animals, and they feel really great when you give them some responsibility and they have a job to do at home.
While it may seem like a great idea to get a dog for your family, consider that your kids will need to be responsible for walking, feeding, and playing with the dog. As children get older, this is often hard to instill in them.
There are also lots of kids that are interested in scaly animals, and there is no better learning experience for them than to see the animal up close and personal. These animals also provide great excuses to check out books from the library to learn about them and their counterparts.
Find out what they eat, how they move, what kind of habitat they live in and learn as much as you can with your child. The possibilities are endless. However, be sure your child knows to keep the lid on the cage, because waking up in the middle of the night to find your child's snake crawling across your bedroom floor would not be pleasant.
Children have to feed the fish on a regular schedule, and not feed them too much or else they will be unhealthy. They can also learn how to clean the tank and provide a healthy environment for their finned companions.