Make sure you want to children around unfamiliar pets. As I recently discovered some pets really love children's toys and your children's favorite toys could disappear. Plus you never know if the pet likes children, or if they like to be played with, or maybe the pet would prefer to be left alone. Some pets have anxiety, some pets are old, some pets are deaf, and some pets are blind. All of these factors can contribute to their response to children and strangers. So for the safety and comfort of all involved, just pay attention and adjust accordingly. After all, it's the right thing to do and it models the way for others.