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My 8 year old cousin told me over the phone today (she lives in GA) that she's getting a fish tank! For this I am so excited to pass on my teachings to a family member who is like a sister to me. How should I keep her focused and entertained while explaining how to properly care for a Betta Fish?
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Teach her parents the techniques and she can just enjoy the fish keeping.

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Hmm, really depends on her personality and interests. However at that age she could be very much into the fishy one week and ignore it altogether the next. I agree, the parents bear the responsibility and should supervise her that she does what she should do and supplement what she does not do.

Ask her to find information on her own...what is the latin name, where can you find them in the wild, what do they eat there. Once she finds the information maybe aim to introduce some critical thinking questions like : why do we need to add this substance before we put water from the tap into the aquarium, what temperature do you think the betta likes.... prepare to be amused.

Another thing I find goes well with kids is to show them photographs of aquariums and bettas or even movies that are somehow related.

Lastly, don't be disappointed and don't push. It is normal for children to get excited for their new pet only to loose interest. Maybe once she grows older she will continue / restart this interesting hobby remembering with a smile on her face her first betta.
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Teach her parents the techniques and she can just enjoy the fish keeping.

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Her parents aren't the best at teaching, or anything else if you get what I mean here
Thank you for the suggestion though!
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I think she needs to learn on her own and what not, with your guidance of course. Encourage her to ask questions and research if she's capable. Explain the crucial basics and let it be a learning experience. Unfortunately keeping an 8 year old focused and entertained is going to be hit and miss. If she gets tired of it in a month, there's not much you can do being in another town/state. If and when she loses interest, it will still be an experience for her. I was given a guinea pig when I was about her age, and my parents gave 100% responsibility and no help what so ever. I didn't take the BEST care of it and it died of an illness 2 years later but I learned a lot, and later when I got a cat in college, i was prepared and 100% determined. So like mentioned above, whatever the outcome, maybe she'll get into the hobby when she's older and have a more responsible outlook. I hope what I'm trying to explain was received well and understood LOL I know I didn't explain it all that well but that's my two cents!

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