Times have changed and as women become independent they delay child rearing. They build their career first and then make a conscious decision about having a baby. Think about having a baby? Having a child is a huge responsibility. You dedicate your life to another human being. When you are deciding to have a baby you have to consider things like finances, emotional support, and day care. You have to be ready before you take on the role of a parent. You have to know what it is like to have a baby. Let’s discuss things to consider before becoming a parent.
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Things to consider before becoming a parent
Are you ready?
Both partners should be ready to be a parent. If you are being pressured then you are not ready. It has to be an inherent desire to have a baby. Two partners should feel the same way about extending their family. Are you willing to lose sleep? Wake up in the middle of the night to feed your baby. Clean up a mess every single second. The life of a mom is not easy. You have to be prepared to take on this role mentally and physically.
You will have little free time
Being a parent is a responsibility that you cannot run away from. You will be worried about changing diapers, putting your baby to sleep after a horrible nightmare. If you can leave your child in the care of someone you trust such as grandmother or aunts then you can enjoy a date night with your partner. You will cherish the free time you have because they don’t come often. You basically give up your freedom when you are a parent.
Can you give your baby the best life right now?
All parents imagine giving their kids a life better. Better that than the ones they lived. If you were poor you would not want your child to suffer. Think about how financial stable you are? You can work out a budget and see if you can take care of a baby. Check the price for diapers, clothes, daycare and food. You should be able to give your child the best life. You don’t have to be rich but your child should have access to basic needs.
Think about the parenting style you want to use. You can learn from your parents. Every mother and father want to be the perfect parent. You will make mistakes as you take on this new role. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Critique the parenting style of your parents and see what you will use. Were they too strict? Did they spend enough time with you? How did you feel? After you get your answers you will know how to raise your kid. You and your partner should be on the same page on how you want to raise your child.
Is your relationship stable?
Women tend to think that having a baby will fix relationship problems. Sometimes the problems get worse when a baby comes into the picture. Make sure that the relationship is healthy before you have a baby. The baby needs to grow up in a healthy home where both parents will give their support.
Being a parent is a beautiful experience. Do not rush the process but wait until you are fully prepared.