Ways Having Pets Prepares You For Parenthood

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A new difficulty with travel

The world is your oyster when it’s just you and your partner. If you want to travel, you just book your tickets. You just need to get the time off work and you’re good to go. Once you have kids though, it will be different. You must either find a sitter, and then budget that into your travel expenses, or find a place that’s kid-friendly, and budget that into your expenses. If you opt for a sitter, you also think of the emotional implications – how long are you willing to leave your kids? If you bring them, you think, How will this impact our ability to enjoy the trip? The same happens with a pet. If you have to pay a sitter, that’s an added expense each day you’re away. If you bring the pet, you pay a fee to the hotel and airplane. You have to find pet-friendly activities or return to the room often to take out your pet.

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