Taffy belongs to my niece and nephews. He’s a hamster… nothing extraordinary, just a cute little hamster. So, why am I writing about a hamster? Well, I’m not. I’m actually writing about my 11-year-old niece, P, and how she got this hamster for her and her brothers.
P could write a book entitled, How to Get a Hamster, because the way she wrangled this pet out of The Sister and BIL was nothing short of magical.
Step 1 – She used the library to research hamsters and pet care.
Step 2 – She wrote out several pages that described in detail the needs of a hamster and how to care for them.
Step 3 – She organized her two younger brothers (9 and 7) and and wrote a contract that outlined a care plan for the hamster. All three of them signed it.
Step 4 – They collected money through odd jobs for neighbours and contributed amounts proportional to their age.
Step 5 – They sat their parents down (who, up to this point, had no knowledge of the brewing plan) and P presented them with her research, the contract, and the money they had saved.
Step 6 – The Sister and BIL couldn’t say no and the kids got their hamster.
Genius, no? I like to think she gets some of her smarts from her Auntie Steph!