Do Hamsters Make Good Pets for Kids?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. So, you're considering a hamster as a pet for your child? A hamster is a classic. They are cute and relatively low maintenance, and are generally thought of as great starter pets for kids. As with any type of pet, it is important to do thorough research before diving in. There is nothing worse than getting a pet and then soon realizing that it is not a good fit. This is especially true when kids are Read More... {Read More...}

Could Your Child be Lured by a Stranger With a Puppy?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Would your child talk to a stranger? I don't know about you, but I speak to my children about "stranger danger" all the time–not every day, but quite frequently. I don't want them to be anti-social freakazoids, so we have a simple rule: If I am standing close enough for you to touch me, you may speak to whomever you like. But if I'm not within arms reach, you must ask me before you speak to anyone you don't know. Read More... {Read More...}

The 10 best animal apps for kids

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Our kiddos are using more apps on more devices than ever before. Sure, there’s a lot of junk out there, and when it comes to animal-themed apps, there are too many to count. Some of the apps offered are educational, creative, and fun for preschool children through age twelve (and beyond). These awesome animal apps pack a lot of punch at minimal cost, and some are even free. Here’s an in-depth look at my ten Read More... {Read More...}

10 Summer Activities for Dogs and their Kids

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is upon us! School is out and the kids are looking to beat that summer boredom. It's likely that your pooch is thrilled to have the kids around, so why not plan fun things for them to do together? Whether it is a quick project at home or an extended pet-friendly vacation, there are lots of fun summer activities for dogs and their kids. 10 summer activities for dogs and their kids 1. Enjoy outdoor Read More... {Read More...}

Pool safety for dogs

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is quickly approaching, and it's time to hit the pool! We think and talk all the time about pool safety for our children, but we may overlook the fact that if our dogs are around pools, they are in danger, as well. Pool safety for dogs is important. Wait. What? Don't dogs naturally know how to swim? Yes and no. Unlike humans, all dogs are genetically programmed to paddle in water. It's a survival Read More... {Read More...}

How to help your child deal with the death of a pet

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. A child's first experience with death is often when a pet passes away. Children have difficulty understanding death, so it can be a confusing time. As parents, we are often at a loss for how to speak to our children about it. Much of what we say to our children will depend on our religious and spiritual beliefs, but there are some overarching things we can all think and talk about with regard to the death of a Read More... {Read More...}

Bed-sharing with your pet, is it okay?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Pet owners often have strong feelings one way or another about bed-sharing with your pet, most commonly a cat or dog. There are those of us who wouldn't dream of allowing their furry companion to invade the bedroom, and there are those of us who can't imagine not snuggling up with our animal pals. Is bed-sharing with your pet okay? In our household, it's more of a family affair. Our dog, N.A.S.H.A., will Read More... {Read More...}

When is My Child Ready to Walk the Dog?

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Helping to care for the family pet is a favorite chore for kids of all ages. There are all sorts of tasks to do each and every day. Since our pets are completely dependent upon us for nearly everything, including survival, it's important that parents monitor that the most important tasks are, indeed, being done. If everyone thinks someone else fed Fido, Fido goes hungry, and we can't have that. Making sure our Read More... {Read More...}

How to decide if your child is ready for a pet

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen.   There are all kinds of pets and there are all kinds of kids, so it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact age at which a child is ready for the responsibility. There are, however, some important factors to consider that can help us make the best choices, and there is a process for considering whether to bring a pet into your household.  So your little one is asking for a pet. How to decide if Read More... {Read More...}

10 Tips to help introduce your baby to your pet

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen.   There is so much to think about when your family is expecting. Whether it's your first, or your eighth (oh, bless you), everyone in the household must make adjustments and compromises, but it's worth it to add another bundle of love. But what about the family pets? How can we make the smoothest, safest transition for your pets as you introduce a new tiny person into your family? This process may be more Read More... {Read More...}