Malia and Sasha Obama not pulling their weight with first puppy Bo?
First Lady Michelle Obama is just the latest in a long line of moms and dads who wind up assuming responsibility for the less-fun parts of dog ownership, according to People Magazine:
"Even though the kids are supposed to do a lot of the work, I'm still up at 5:15 a.m. taking my dog out. So for everyone who has a child asking for a puppy – you have to want the dog," Mrs. Obama said to knowing laughter from a luncheon audience of congressional spouses. "As I do," she added. "I love my Bo."
What's a parent to do to avoid picking up all the slack? I-Love-Dogs suggests making a chart to remind kids of pressing pet care needs. "Let your child mark a check when the chore has been completed. The more he completes the chore, the easier it will be to remember," the site advises.
Or if you're like Mrs. Obama (and a lot of other parents out there), you can just take care of your new pet yourself. But where's the educational value in that?
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Malia, left, and Sasha Obama walk Bo on the White House lawn. Credit: Ron Edmonds / Associated Press