Children and pets are big part of our lives. Sometimes one of the motivations for having a pet is to help teach your kids responsibility and give them the experience of caring for another living creature. Sometimes pets come before children, but either way it is best if they can coexist in peace.
I found this article on involving your children in your pets care. Maybe it will give you some good ideas for your household or just remind you to follow through on that idea you had already.
One addition I would make for this article is - once you have your child involved in the pets care, add that responsibility to your child's checklist of things to do every day/week, etc. You don't have a checklist for your child? Well, that's another article.
How to Involve Children With Pet Care eHow.com