Everyday Grace

Four Ways Adopting a Pet Teaches Grace to Your Kids (and You)

June 10, 2015
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I've encountered very few children that didn't want a pet of some sort. And outside of children that are too rough, cruel, or allergic, kids will learn fabulous lessons of grace from adopting a pet. Parents that allow their kids to adopt pets tend to have a higher likelihood of showing grace to their children in other areas of their lives. Whether golden retriever or goldfish, here are the top four ways your family adopting a pet teaches grace to your kids (and you:)
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4. Pets teach kids to value life over tidiness.

kids-act-like-animals-catsThough many a dad loves a tidy house, usually it’s mom that has the main objection over pets in the house (or having pets at all) because of the potential mess. “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is nowhere in the Bible. When, as parents, we freak out over messes made instead of celebrating the joyous experiences (and creatures) that made the mess, we inadvertently teach our kids to value setting over sinner. Pets, just like people, are messy. If we avoid having relationships with creatures that mess up the order of our lives, then we deprive our kids of finding the beauty of life within the mess. And that’s missing out on grace.

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4. Pets teach kids to value life over tidiness.

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