Teaching Kids Pet Responsibility with a Minimal Initial Investment

We went to the pet store to get a small pet for each of our children to care for. They were insistent on having a puppy, but we needed to see how they would care for another animal first. Yes, we were thinking about the investment, but you do that as parents. Our son wanted a hamster, and our daughter wanted a Betta fish. Our son decided it would be cool to have the fish instead after he learned about them at a website that has a review of Betta care made easy. We got two fish and two bowls. They had to use their allowance to buy food and any accessories. Does that sound like we were being tough on the kids? I guess it does. However, it is all about teaching them responsibility.

Kids learn by example and by going through experiences. It is never appropriate for a child to get any sort of pet whether it is a fish tank, hamster, ant farm or pony unless there is a commitment and resources for the pet’s care. Read more

Is Coffee Bad for Your Health?

I have been thinking about this since I started trying to live a healthier style of life. My intent is to lose about ten or so pounds for starters and to get in the sort of shape that I would need to be if I decide to do more than that. I really am trying to figure out if coffee is good or bad for you. Of course there are a lot of people who argue both ways. Most of the stuff that is said about the benefits seem to revolve around cleaning out the system. That is going to be important for me obviously, especially if you consider that to be part of losing weight. In fact I drink a good bit of coffee in the course of my day. I get a big cup of coffee as soon as I am out of bed and if I am work I will drink at least three or four cups during the day. We have a coffee machine in the break room and it is free, so I will drink it all of the time. Obviously I am drinking it largely for the caffeine which is a fairly strong stimulant. Read more