In general, it is felt that parrots are just not ideal pets for children. Many parrots dislike the loud, boisterous, quick-moving behaviour of children, many do not like being touched or handled by over-enthusiastic little fingers and many are also too large, powerful, aggressive or dominant to be safe for children to handle and enjoy. However, with some dedicated research and care, it is possible to incorporate a parrot as a loved and loving addition to the family.
Parrots for families?
Parrots can become good pets for families with children providing you devote enough time and effort to understanding and meeting their needs. Remember, despite their often comical or fluffy appearance, parrots are definitely not toys for children to play with. All parrots require much patient, understanding and a sense of security and stability from their owners.
In addition, choosing the right breed and temperament of parrot is vital when you have a household with children. The key to successfully combining parrots and children is understanding that not all birds will be equally good at adapting to little humans and taking into consideration the level of noise, activity and general schedules of your own household.
Finally, don’t forget that parrots live for a long time – 50 to 80 years in many cases – so this is not a commitment to be taken lightly. They will be part of your family for many, many years.
Parrots that are good with children
Within the parrot family, there are a few species which are considered more suitable for households with children:
Remember that no matter what their size or general temperament, all parrots are intelligent social birds that will need significant time out of the cage and will live a long time, thus requiring a large commitment in proper care and training. Unless your children are interested enough and mature enough to devote time to their pet parrot, choose another kind of pet – unless you are planning to put the time and effort in yourself, for your own interests and amusement.