Pets in the Foreign Service

When your kids are old enough to realize that some people own pets i.e. that animals actually live in some people’s homes and they start asking whether they can get a cat or a dog – this is the appropriate Foreign Service lifestyle response:

Step 1: talk up fish: they’re friendly, cool (hello, Nemo!), colorful, don’t eat too much, don’t make too much noise, and don’t need to be walked or have their litter boxes changed

Step 2: after your kids are sold on fish, talk up arts and crafts – the whole nine yards….cardboard boxes, painting, cutting, glueing – don’t forget about those wiggly eyes

Step 3: get messy and creative….

You get out your arts and crafts supplies
Get out all of your arts and crafts supplies (this was definitely a BEFORE shot….)

Step 4: embrace the final product

Voila, two beautiful fish tanks (containing turtles and fish!)
Voila, two beautiful fish tanks (containing turtles and fish!)

Step 5: name your children as official pet owners

Happy pet fish owner
Happy pet fish owner

Step 6: lather, rinse, repeat for every type of pet they want to own

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