I just want to get this straight really quick. Keeping a dog around the house is not even remotely on par with raising a child. Calling it practice is like saying that making tea is practice for running a marathon. Not quite.
Buying a dog and throwing him some food everyday, brushing his coat once a week, and walking him around the block each morning is not at all like carrying a baby in the womb for nine months, birthing the child through a tight space, nursing him 8 to 10 times a day, changing his diapers, doing endless loads of laundry, being amazed at his cuteness, worrying about her health, making important medical decisions, charting growth, contemplating his future, protecting her from wind, cold, and sun, carrying her all day long in your arms or in a sling, buying him clothes, resolving disagreements about child raising, sharing in the love for this new person with your partner, and giving up whatever type of life you used to live before the baby came along.
The only thing that makes owning a dog “practice” for having a kid is that there is some amount of responsibility involved. But really, there is responsibility in a lot of things like, for example:
- growing a house plant
- being a big brother or big sister
- owning a car
- having a job
- having a spouse
These all require at least a little attention and dedication but they certainly don’t prepare you for the ground shaking changes that a baby brings.
So before you say that you and your partner are “practicing” to be parents by getting a dog, maybe you should just say you want a dog, or that you just aren’t ready for a baby yet. It’s less ridiculous and probably a little more honest.
I said that myself before but I think what I meant to say was, I don’t want any kids. What about you, did you say this and did you really mean it?