I have a confession… I’ve always told my kids we would never have a pet fish. Ever. For some reason I thought I didn’t like them, and try as they might, they couldn’t change my mind. They love going to PetSmart to look at all the beautiful fish, but we would never take one home.
But, like many other things, parenting changes you. I caved and we are now the proud owners of a Betta fish named Royal Princess Bubble Gum.
Now that we are happy fish owners, I have to tell you, it was so silly of me to keep them from this. RPBG is a lovely little friend who pays us no mind and is exponentially easier to handle than our dog. The kids love to watch him swim and check in on him making sure he’s still happily floating around the bowl.
If you are on the fence about getting your kids a fish, here is why I think you should consider it.
5 Reasons To Get Your Kids A Fish
It is an inexpensive pet to maintain. The initial cost to get us started was only about $20. After that, the Betta food containers will cost less than $5 and I suspect I’ll only need to buy one every few months. Compared to dog and cat food, grooming, obedience training, etc. that seems like nothing.
Kids can take care of them. For this particular type of fish, he will only be fed about three times a week. That is something the kids are completely capable of managing. Make a fun little chore chart so the kids know which days to feed them, how much, and who is responsible.
It’s peaceful. Studies have found that watching fish swim reduces stress and anxiety. We love the tranquility of a pet fish and if your children suffer from any anxiety it can be a great thing for them to concentrate on.
They’re fun to watch. My kids are having a blast just sitting and watching him swim!
No allergies. For kids with allergies it can be really hard to find a pet. Luckily you won’t have a problem with a fish and kids can still feel good knowing they have a pet.
PetSmart has a ton of fish options for you to choose from, food and supplies, and so many fun things to decorate your bowl or tank with!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by PetSmart through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about PetSmart, all opinions are my own.