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A Priceless Smile

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When you do something, no matter how big or how small and your child gives you that priceless smile.

Surely this is the greatest thing and probably the single most important thing you want to achieve as a parent, making the kid smile?!

My boy is 3 and has just started getting into figures, wrestlers, superheroes, soldiers etc… I brought home a couple of figures that I picked up from the £1 shop, no point buying the £20 each ones yet until I know he will like them. Well, the amazement and smile on his face receiving about £3’s worth of toys was a moment that won’t ever leave me. It doesn’t always take millions of pounds worth of stuff to make your children happy. The daughters however can be slightly more costly now at 10 and 11, iPad’s and Chromebooks aren’t anywhere to be seen in the £1 shop!

The main reason I’m writing this particular post however, I’ve been strong armed, I mean, I’ve agreed (I haven’t!!!!) to getting our first family dog.

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A Pug… I’ve had a number of dogs growing up, usually bigger dogs like a German Shepherd, Rottweiler and a Labrador. Now we’re getting a Pug. That’s right, a Pug.

Being the person who’s home the most, being the person that really doesn’t need any extra responsibility and being the DAD, guess who will get to look after our latest addition to the family the most, me, yay…. So as you can guess I’m not exactly over-joyed by the fast approaching arrival of another family member, having said this check out the photo’s throughout this blog. The extra responsibility of a dog may not make me smile, but knowing that once she arrives my children’s faces will light up like it’s Christmas again is surely worth it. Not only this but the wife will be happy to, so it’s win win right? So I’ll have to take her on walks (The dog, not the wife) and clean up her poo (Again, the dog, not the wife!) but the kids will be happy!

Our Pug will be called Peppa, as in Peppa Pug if you see what we’ve done there! I’m sure she’ll feature heavily in future posts. Peppa is costing us a boat load of money but when I sit down and try to come to terms with the reality that this is happening, I think there are even more benefits to having a family dog than just having a new mate for your kids.

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Up to now my posts tend to be quite tongue in cheek but I can actually show a serious side, no honestly I can! I’m guilty of over-thinking things through sometimes. So despite having zero influence in this decision I’ve decided to think through the possible positives. I said earlier about a new dog being extra responsibility, that’s true and I’m hoping to teach and share that responsibility with the children. Having their own bedrooms, tech devices and general school life, they do have certain small responsibilities already, but a dog is a living being, with a personality and needs greater than just being plugged in to charge up!

The boy, 3 will no doubt want to help out feeding Peppa and taking her on walks and playing with her etc, however anyone with kids 10 and 11 know that they will too want to help out, for about 2 weeks until the novelty wares off and they will help out aslong as it doesn’t involve poo and fits into their schedule. Hey they might even spend a couple of weeks downstairs rather than in their rooms pouting and taking selfies.

We’ve already introduced pocket money, paid weekly upon completion of usual tasks you’d expect from kids, keeping their rooms tidy, washing their pots after meals etc. I’m sure now helping out feeding and walking Peppa can be added to this and it will help further towards responsibility being natural as they get older. You don’t want to overload kids with things they must do, school, making friends and keeping up with trends is stressful enough, but you cannot overlook the importance of getting them ready for the adult world. This includes money management which isn’t taught anywhere near enough in schools.

So despite my initial feelings towards welcoming Peppa into our family, I do think that she will offer not only a source of responsibility to help the kids but will undoubtedly be a loved family member, as much as my masculine super Dad image want’s to deny it, she is kinda cute, COOL, I mean cool!

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A good way to make decisions as a parent, not always a costly way is, will this achieve that priceless smile on my child’s face? If it will then go for it!

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26 thoughts on “A Priceless Smile

  1. Peppa will be his best friend (after you of course), the girls will love her too. You know how much a dog can become part of the family not only knowing this growing up but seeing me with Daisy! Although I think the money is a bit steap it’s a good idea! …good read xx

    1. Thanks Rebecca, we stayed with my mother-in-law for a couple of months while we were waiting for our new house to be ready, she has a King Charles and he absolutely adored her! That’s what inspired the decision. I have always like the idea of him growing up with a dog, I just wasn’t ready but the wife was so that was that!!

  2. What a lovely photo! I think it’s great for kids having a pet (although especially if you can persuade them to help walk etc when it’s a dog) and that smile is fantastic.

    1. If only!! I wish my wife would have settled for a toy version. Suppose I can’t say that now she’s here and running around being all cute and stuff 🙂

  3. Ahhh Peppa Pug is the cutest ever! The first photo is hilarious! Well done Dad, I’m sure she will be a loving addition to your family!

  4. Ha ha, I know your pain about a pug. We’re also about bigger dogs, working dogs, so pugs or similar more ornamental pets don’t feature. But our niece/god-daughter has just got a pug cross terrier (don’t ask! But I’m not a terrier fan either). N at age 5, loves this dog and any miniature ones he sees walking down the road, and it has a really good nature.

    They’re definitely a good thing in teaching kids responsibility, but I know I told N no to a lot of pets that he requested (he’s on the farm, he’s got calves and sheep of his own).

    1. Wow. That’s responsibility! A mini farmer lol. The pugs growing on me, its hard to admit but she is kind of cute….. Maybe when we move to a bigger house the wife will let me get a ‘Proper’ dog. 🙂

      1. Well, at the moment he’s not the one looking after them, although I’m sure he’d love to if school didn’t get in the way.

        I love the Peppa Pug name though. Ingenious!

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