This year we decided maybe the kids should get some pets. It was probably a bad decision. First we got them fish. They got a Molly and a Beta. Within probably a month they killed the Beta and the Molly had babies. Adri doesn't like to sleep with the pump on and forgets to turn it on before going to school. They also overfed the Beta to death.
So before finding out if the kids could even handle fish we got a bearded dragon. Why? Cassandra has a friend that was giving them away. All we had to do is buy the terrarium, lights, and everything else they need and we got a kinda but not really free pet. The kids were really interested for a couple days. Now they rarely hold the thing, actually they don't unless I tell them to. Zach likes to hold the lizard when I ask him to but Adri is a pain in the butt about it and we got into a dispute one afternoon over it. I ended up telling her to go to her room because I was so angry over it. We'll see how long this thing last. I am planning on taking it on vacation this summer and taking pictures with it on all our trips.
I'm just glad we started small and didn't commit to something bigger, more annoying, and more maintenance, like a dog.