Becoming a parent isn’t easy no matter how easy they show it on TV. Parenting comes with its own ups and downs. Some might make it look easy but trust me, it isn’t. And one thing, once you have children, you’re in a lifetime commitment of becoming a parent.
Here are a few tips you should know before becoming a parent.
1. Are you ready for the commitment of a lifetime?
As mentioned above, parenting is not an easy task. There are so many things people should consider before becoming a parent. Parenting is a commitment of a lifetime because the moment you welcome your child into this world, you’re set to be parents for the rest of your life. So you should know and be sure if you’re ready for the commitment of a lifetime.
2. Are you financially stable?
There are so many things that come with parenting and one of those things is financial problems. You’re not just having a kid and you’re done. It doesn’t work that way. You have their upbringing expenses, schools, colleges, food, clothes, etc. You also need a stable income source and a place to live in order to support a family.
3. Are you and your partner both responsible adults?
Having a baby without planning can be very difficult. So if you’re willing to be parents, know that it is a great responsibility and you need to be responsible adults in order to become good parents. And if you’re not up to taking responsibilities you should rethink parenting.
4. Every age comes with its own challenges.
You gave birth, boom! done. No, parenting doesn’t work that way. And one important you should know is that children have phases, you had it too. And if you think once they’re above 20 your parenting responsibilities are completed, you’re wrong. Everyone goes through different phases in their life and every phase has its own challenges.
5. Get ready to get a lot of random suggestions from strangers anywhere.
Everyone acts like they know parenting better than the other. But the truth is no one has figured it out yet. Any suggestion is good when it comes to parenting unless someone is basically suggesting you to get rid of it. So be ready to hear a lot of suggestions from random strangers to people you know very well.
6. Be prepared for minimal night sleeps.
If you love sleeping, you’ll basically hate parenting, because one thing you’ll lose in an abundance is a good night sleep. The out-of-nowhere cries, the need to change diapers, all these tiny little things are going to keep you awake for at least a couple of years.
7. Changes are heading your way.
If you’re the kind of person that hates changes, you might not want to become a parent because becoming a parent means accepting changes. The changes we speak might be small like your daily schedules and habits or big like your living situation and everything else. So be prepared to face the changes and accept it if you’re becoming parents.
8. Every child is different.
One thing every parent should know is that every child is different. They have their own level of understanding. They’ll do the things they have to their own way and at their own time. So don’t get upset and push your child too much if they’re not doing what the neighbor’s kids are doing even though they’re the same age.
9. Know how to share duties.
It’s your kid as much as it is your partners so you both are responsible for it. So it would make both your lives easier if you’re both involved and share duties. Help each other out by sharing duties and being involved in the upbringing of your child equally.
10. Kids aren’t cheap.
If you think having a kid is cheap, you must be living on some another planet. From those cute little clothes to the food they eat they cost some serious bucks. And all those random tantrums they throw in every store you go to is a whole another story.