Is it okay to describe your pets as children?

Is it okay to describe your pets as children?

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Some people strongly criticize pet owners who refer to themselves as "parents" and their pets as "children." People who do so consider the labels harmless, and say pet owners and their pets share a special bond. But critics argue when pet owners use those terms, they further a delusion owning a pet is analogous to being a parent. What do you think?

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When New York magazine came out with a story denigrating pet owners, many readers accused author M.A. Wallace of publishing clickbait designed to enrage people with pets.

Others agree the title of "parent" should not be extended to pet owners.

Many people could care less how pet owners describe themselves, and don't agree with the argument that calling yourself the "parent" of an animal is a harmful delusion.

But to plenty of parents, it's erroneous and annoying for animal owners to give themselves the title of "parent." Writer M.A. Wallace argues "millions of people are happily, willfully confused about the difference between having a pet and raising a child."

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