Reasons we have Many Animals:
- It is fun. I spend most of my day at home, and Eloise is difficult to bring places both because she has a G-tube and also because of her schedule. Therefore we spend 90% of the time at home. Its a perfect environment to socialize an animal, with lots of children, adults and an enormous yard. Besides, it just makes everything more fun if you have a ferret, birds and a hedgehog.
- I did not have interesting animals growing up because we were a military family. So this is all new to me, and I love it. I love learning about the animals with the children, bonding with them, training them, etc. (Both the children AND the animals!)
- It gives the girls greater empathic powers. Caring for something so tiny and helpless empowers the children, and gives them the chance to imagine what it must be like to be a brand-new baby hedgehog in this enormous world.
- Responsibility - you know it was getting here eventually. It gives the kids responsibilities and tasks they can actually do and feel proud of.
So yeah, I might be a wee bit crazy, but I started down that road when I saw two baby heads in my first ultrasound!