babies aren't pets. a huggies post.



I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

Can we have an honest discussion about something? I'm going to share with you one of my biggest pet peeves and you have to promise not to judge me. This is a view I've always held, even before kids, and it cemented with having kids.

Are you ready to hear it? Don't judge me OK? Ok.

Having pets is not the same as having children nor does it really prepare you for having kids.

There. I said it. I've had pets and I've had kids; the two are vastly different. I've had pregnant people, in all seriousness tell me, "Thank goodness for my pets. I'm so ready for kids because of them". Then I laugh a little on the inside. Pets and kids are not the same.

For instance, I can't leave my kids for the weekend with fresh liter and a huge supply of food and water and know they will be fine.

I can't leave my kids in a crate for a few hours while I run errands, though it has crossed my mind.

I can't take my kids to a kennel when I want to go on vacation. I can't train them to go potty outside from day one. I can't put them outside for the night. I can't feed my kids the same thing every day. I can't leave them with others for the weekend while I go out of town. Pets are pretty much independent, kids the polar opposite.

Kids and pets are not the same. Sometimes they don't even work well together. Sometimes they do, but sometimes they don't.

That was the case for us. When we had Moses, we had two cats, Peanut and Poofy. Peanut began a pee spree through the house when Moses came home. She peed in the bathroom sink on a regular basis. She had to be escorted to a new home. Poofy ran away the first chance he got.

We did all the things we could to help our pets (who are not kids) get used to our new tenant and it didn't work out for us.

I know that there are many who make the two work well together; we just weren't one of those families. I'm not sure what we did, or didn't do that would have worked better.

Overall, just know that having pets in no way prepares you for kids no matter what anyone tells you.
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3 comments:

Amanda said...

I love this and your are completely right.

Jacomijn said...

You are absolutely right!!! Are there really people who think like that ????!!! Don't we live in a crazy world (and I'm afraid it's getting crazier by the day!!).

April said...

Love this! I completely agree. I understand my friends who don't have kids because they can't who love their pets and see them as "their children."

BUT, I get annoyed when people equate pets and babies. One time I told a friend (who asked) that it was hard adjusting my social life to having a new baby and she said, "I know what you mean-I have a dog." WHAT? My baby is not a puppy! And like you said, I can't just leave her in a crate for a few hours.

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