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Is Parenthood For You?

Is Parenthood For You?

Some women have always known that they will be mothers some day, while other couples respond with an emphatic no! when asked about future offspring. Many people are on the fence when it comes to having kids: they may not be hurrying to get pregnant, but they feel that one day they might decide to become parents. Hopefully, this article will help you understand parenting a little bit more, and get you that much closer to your decision.

Visions of frilly pink dresses and an adoring toddler are just that visions. Yes, there are a lot of wonderful reasons to have children: it is fun, and extremely satisfying, and leads to a lifelong relationship. Remember, though, that you'll have to give up a lot of yourself nights out with your spouse won't be as frequent or at all for the first while, and you can't just pick up and go with a moment's notice. Your baby will cry, sometimes uncontrollably, puke, fill diapers, and get sick and that's just in babyhood! As a young child and teen, your child may have emotional problems and will need strong guidance and discipline.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is why you want to have a baby. Is it to save a shaky marriage, or keep up with family pressure? Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to become a mother or father, but you need to be sure that your choice is the right one for you.

There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you get pregnant. Do you spend a lot of time around children? Do you like being around children? Although it's normal to be annoyed by a crying baby in a store, if you don't enjoy spending time with your niece or nephew or tend to shun friends who have babies, you should really think about your readiness to be a parent. One of the best ways to prepare yourself is to volunteer to baby-sit for a friend, and include children in social events and activities you're attending. Although this won't show you exactly what your experience will be like, it can give you a better idea what it takes to properly care for a child.

You also need to ensure that you're in the place you want to be emotionally and financially. If you still dream of taking a trip around the world, or are one course short of your degree, maybe it's not the right time. Where do you want to be in 10 years? Do you have the finances for one person to stay at home for the first year? What about college?

While you're never going to be perfectly prepared for a baby, you can make sure that you're ready to accept the responsibility of raising a child by asking yourself a few key questions before you conceive.


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