Hi, I have owned a cockatiel in the past before I had kids. I have other experience with birds because my Mother in law raises/sells them. All kinds from cockatiels to macaws. My oldest daughter is 6 years old. She has a lot of experience with all kinds of animals and with cockatiels and african greys due to my MIL. We are looking to get a bird of our own, besides our chickens, to have as an indoor pet. We also have a three year old but I have no intentions of letting her handle the bird on her own. We have the room for any size cage or bird so that is not an issue. Money is not an issue due to my mother in law having birds. My issue is I love them all and I can't decide what would be best for the FAMILY and not just me My questions is what is a good, hardy bird to introduce to my kids? I would go for a cockatiel but I remember mine had lots of night fright issues and was always hurting himself due to that. I would like a friendly bird that Nora could handle (the oldest) and would be a good family pet as well. I have heard Green Cheek Conures are good pets...does anyone have experience with them? I love blue crowns but I know they are noisy! We are out in the country so that probably wouldn't be an issue but we would like to keep our sanity too We would love a talking bird, but that is not a deal breaker if it doesn't talk. We have two dogs but one is too old to care and the other is too lazy so I am not worried about them although we will take precautions of course. I teach so I am off during the summer. During the school year the house is empty from morning till early afternoon and the dogs stay outdoors. When I had my cockatiel I worked an 8 hour day and played with him in the morning and evening and so I feel he got enough attention. Do certain birds need more attention than others? My MIL has an african grey inside and he/she seems to request a lot more attention than her cockatiel. The cockatiel is 15 though so that may play a huge factor in what each bird wants. So, all that said, any opinions would be great. We aren't in a huge rush so we are looking carefully at our options. Thanks for any comments!