5 Ways to Get Your Parents to say YES!
How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Have a Pet
Parents are often reluctant to get a pet for a number of reasons: there's too much money involved, they don't want to clean up after them, and there's just a lot of work to do to keep them happy and healthy. However, there are a lot of good sides to getting a pet too – it can increase the time you spend together, give you responsibility, and make everyone a bit happier to come home. Before you ask your parents, plan out your course of action with the steps below.
Showing You’re Mature and Responsible
Do your research on the kind of pet you want.Get some books or do research on the computer for your desired pet. Ask friends who own, or have previously owned, that particular type of pet and how to care for it. The more you know about what you’re getting into, the more convincing your argument will be when you have to ask later.
- Do your best to know all of the facts about your prospective pet. If you find out something about the pet that you don't like (such as eating live food, lives for 30 years, needs lots of outdoor space, etc.), then don't hesitate to check out other similar animals to find the perfect pet for you.
- Knowing information, you can casually tell your parents drop in a fact or two about your pet that will start the thinking process in their minds.
- Make sure to check into state laws if you are considering an exotic pet. For example, it is illegal to keep a skunk as a pet in Tennessee, so even though you may be able to buy one or might know someone who has one, it's probably not a good idea to make the purchase.
Stay calm and patient.Remember, having a pet is a considerable lifestyle change. Your parents will need time to think, and this could take anywhere from a week to a few months, depending on the animal. If you keep cool in the weeks before, you’ll make it clear to them that you’re mature and ready for this responsibility.
- Remember that you will have this pet (depending on the animal) for at least a few years, and will need to take considerable care of it. If you lose interest in having a pet over a few months, then perhaps a pet isn't right for you. Take this time to think about the investment you'd be making.
Act like a mature adult.Do your chores, complete your homework, and be respectful. If you behave in a mature manner, they may consider your request in a good light. In addition to "getting on their good side," this will help you show them that you are responsible and mature enough for a pet.
- Good grades are a huge part of having a pet. Your parents might be worried that having a pet will affect your performance in school. Get your grades up as high as they can go to relinquish this worry before it even comes up.
Save up money for a “pet fund.” If you get an allowance, save up your money and show that you are willing to contribute your own money toward the pet. If you don't get an allowance, then do odd jobs and extra chores. If you are a teen, consider getting a job to pay for the pet yourself.
- Think about talking to your parents about the potential of “earning” a pet. What can you do around the house and neighborhood to chip in for the funds? What kind of grades would you need? Could you take on more chores, volunteer, or help out some other way? For example, community service.
Follow through on your responsibilities.Do you have to wash the dishes every other day? Then do it –beforeyou’re asked. Did you say you’d babysit your little sister? Then do it (and with a smile on your face). Follow through on your word to show you’re not flaky and that you can handle a pet.
- While pets seem so fun on the outside, there's a lot of "follow through" when it comes to them, too. It's not just playing with Fluffy and feeding him, it's taking care of his poo and wiping up the floor when he pees on it. Showing you can handle your responsibilities without being pestered may prove that you can handle the downside of having a pet, too.
Getting a Yes from Your Parents
Approach your parents when you're all together, like at dinner time.In a calm, diplomatic way, tell them about the animal, and tell them some important facts about it, cluing them into all the research you've done and time you've spent taking this seriously. When you are done, they will most likely ask you some questions. Answer them honestly, being sure to suggest solutions to any problems they see. Ask them to at least consider it, since getting a pet is a big process.
- Give them some written information to look through, a website to visit, or give them the number of someone who can provide information and tips about caring for your desired pet. Show them that you’ve done your homework and that this means something to you.
- Don't pester them or whine; respect their need to troubleshoot the idea. This is a life-changing decision that they’ll need to think over. A "yes" will not likely come immediately.
Make a presentation.Emphasize what you are going to do to help look after it and how it will better your family’s lives. For example, did they know that having a pet can lower blood pressure, ward off depression and increase immunity?There are benefits to having a pet they're probably not even thinking of.
- Include how you might work out the financial part of it, like vet fees and who is actually paying for the pet. Money is often a reason parents shy away from getting a pet.
- If your family has a specific necessity that has to be addressed, such as being unable to walk a pet, arrange an agreement or compromise to accommodate the need and mention this as a selling point.
Talk about all the benefits of having a pet.Instead of focusing only on how much it costs and the work it will take (though these points also need to be addressed), make sure to spend time talking about howgreatit will be for the entire family. You'll spend more time together, take the pet out together, and have something to bond over.
- What's more, it'll be greatfor you.Or so they'll think if you tell them it'll teach you responsibility if you have to take care of it and it'll get you outside and off your computer. Show them that it could turn you into quite the kid.
Make and maintain an updated care chart for the desired pet.Create a chart with categories, such as "Daily Needs," "Monthly Needs," and "Yearly Needs." Include information such as estimated food, vaccinations, vet checks, etc., and show this to your parents. You're making it as easy for them as possible.
- This shows them that you are willing to do the work, and that you're not going to let go of the idea easily. If they seem hesitant, ask them what problems they have with you getting the pet to show them that you are willing to see all sides of an issue, even if you don't want to.
Changing Your Parents’ Minds
Continue researching and sharing information.When you find out new and interesting facts, be sure to tell your parents. This will keep the subject in the back of everyone's mind without nagging. If they seem resistant, lay low and keep your mouth shut on the topic for a few days.
- Change your argument, if need be. Instead of “but mom, dad, a cat is cute and fluffy,” change it to “cats are easier to care for than dogs, generally smaller, and won’t stink up the house.” You could also tack on a few numbers on how many homeless animals are out there that need rescuing. You may just need to attack them from a different angle.
Find out the reason why they won’t let you get a pet.If your parents are being hesitant to commit to an answer, find out why. If you've thought this through, you may have an answer for them to help calm their worry.
- Is the reason financial? Offer to pay for as much of the pet as you can (including expenses that come up later).
- Is the reason that there isn’t enough space in your house? Then get to cleaning!
- Is the reason because of a different pet? Come up with a space that will be this new pet’s area.
- Is the reason an allergy? If this is the case, you may have to come up with an alternative idea.
Consider making a compromise.If your parents are adamant on not getting a dog, for example, tell them you want to make a compromise – could you get a hamster instead? They likely want to make you happy, and knowing you’re making a sacrifice could push them to say yes.
- You could also compromise for a later date. Is your birthday or Christmas coming up? Say that you'll take the time until then to do your best around the house and at school, and then they could consider it a gift.
Adopt a friend’s or neighbor’s pet for a few days.If your parents are on the fence, see if you can “adopt” a pet for a few days from someone you know – sort of like doing a trial run. If all goes well, it’ll show your parents that you can handle it. It may also show them how cute and cuddly the pet is and tug at their heartstrings.
- If they’re still saying no, revisit the argument at a later date. A surefire way of shutting down any chance at your parents saying yes is to nag, whine, and complain. If they’re giving you a hard and fast no, drop the conversation for now. Keep up being an awesome kid, making them wonder if they're making the wrong decision.
- Parents often don't let their children have pets because they're worried that they will end up taking care of it. Make sure you intend to take responsibility for it and won't leave all the cleaning and feeding up to them.
- Have good grades, do your chores, and keep up the good work to impress your parents.
- There are always holidays and birthdays, and you never know what you may get during them. Ask your parents calmly and mention that your favorite holiday is coming.
- If you are really motivated, you can write a persuasive essay outlining all of your reasoning. This really impresses some parents.
- Let your parents overhear you asking someone who owns the same type of pet questions about caring for it.
- Look after a friend's pet, no matter what kind it is. When your parents see how responsible you are, it may improve your chance of getting a pet.
- Make a binder or folder full of facts about the pet like the costs, info, games to play with it, daily needs, etc.
- Get a house plant and look after it for a month to show your parents or guardians that you are responsible. If this sounds boring and like a lot of effort, remember, having a pet can be boring (cleaning up poop is not fun) and having a pet will be more effort than looking after a houseplant.
- Show them you are responsible by doing your chores, being responsible and mature, and being helpful. When you do ask them, be mature about it.
- Try to bond with The family more, then tell them, with a new pet, we could be this close everyday.
- With any pet you get, you need to make a long commitment to it. It needs care all its life. Cats and dogs can live over 10 years.
- Don't say "oh my friends all have dogs so you should give me one too!"
- Give your parents reasons for why a dog would be good security for your house. Also, if you are not able to spend much time with friends,dogs can be good company.
- Do not rush right into getting a dog; wait for them to talk it over.
- Offer to volunteer at an animal shelter or anywhere so you have a chance of get a pet.
- If they say no, don't ask why. They often will think you're not responsible enough to handle a pet. If you don't do your chores and have bad grades they might not think you can handle a pet.make them sure that you will be going to care the pet and decide for the shifts of work.
- Call a family meeting, then tell them.
- Keep pet food away from your sitting and eating area if your parents don't like the smell.
- Do your chores properly. If you're going to do your chores, don't leave something to try to get it done and over with such as washing and drying the dishes but not putting them away. If you're determined to finish your chores properly, your parents will know your determined to look after your pet properly.
- Say it would be an awesome gift and that all your friends have one. Tell them that you feel left out as you are the only one who hasn't got a pet. Maybe say that you don't want anything else for a birthday or for Christmas other than a pet. Maybe even start off with something small like asking for a goldfish even though you might actually want a cat or a dog.
- Maybe you can care for a low-maintenance pet like a fish beforehand; show them you're responsible by how carefully you take care of a small pet.
- Do dishes and make dinner to get money to pay for the pet. Do chores and be calm. Consider getting a job if you are of age. This will allow you to show your parents that you are responsible, and could handle a job like taking care of a pet.
- Most parents don't allow their children to have pets because somebody in the family is allergic to the pet so, you can search for some hypoallergenic pets such as; poodles,sphinx (cat), etc.
- Be very kind to your parents and if you already have a pet then take good care of it and show them you are not trying to replace, just add onto your family
- One of the most non persuasive words are "I Promise". You don't want to say that at all when you first bring the topic up. Make sure you look confident andexplainhow and what you are going to do with your pet, or how you are going to take care of it.
- Try to bond as much as possible and say it would be like that all the time if you got a pet. If they keep saying no, give them more time. Don't be too pushy. If they seem determined on not getting that pet, try picking another pet. This will show them that you are determined on getting some sorta pet and they might actually take the other pet back into hands. This has worked for me and all my friends! Try it out!
- Don't beg otherwise they will get bored and tired and say no every time. Be calm and ask them when you have done something good.
- Have good grades, do your chores, and generally prove to your parents that you are capable of taking care of a pet.
- If an opportunity to get presents is coming, leave a notebook open with your wishlist and have the pet you want in bold writing so it stands out. Put it on the dining table or kitchen bench where a parent will find it.
- Talk to your parents as if they want the pet. Approach them with a way like "have you ever wanted something so bad but couldn't have it?" That way they will think more about how you feel and will start changing their minds.
- Let your parents know that you will be completely responsible. Even offer to care for a friend or neighbors pet for a little bit to convince your parents. Try to learn all about the type of pet you want.
- Be sure to approach them when they are calm and in a good mood.
- Don't cry or shout if they refuse. This will make you seem immature and reduce your chances of getting one.
- If you do get a pet, don't mistreat it or your parents will take it away.
- Don't run out of the house or to your room. This will make you seem immature.
- Offer to help out with, or entertain, your younger siblings. Then use this experience to promote your ability to care for a pet to your parents.
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