Being a parent is anything but obvious! And we only really realize it when we have to experience it, that is, when we become one! When can we know when the ideal moment to become a parent comes? Here are 7 signs that you are ready to be a parent to help you do it! Of course, just because you meet these 7 criteria doesn’t mean that you should embark on this adventure! And conversely, you may feel completely ready to be a parent without meeting all of these criteria, the important thing being that it’s a couple project!
1/ You have accomplished a part of your projects/dreams
No, there is no perfect time to have a baby. If you look hard enough, you will always find something that will postpone your desire to have a child; a future promotion, a move, a big career change, etc. But if you have already accomplished some of these things, and you feel satisfied with the situation you are in, even if everything is not yet as you dreamed, then you can embark on the adventure without regret and without fear!
You have already travelled a lot and enjoyed your status as a childless parent and are ready to welcome a new member into the family.
2/ You are not uncomfortable in the presence of babies
For some people, being in the presence of a baby is always a delicate moment: they are uncomfortable, find them dirty, drooling, burping and vomiting, don’t know how to hold them or what to do with them… In short, small things that are bawling, noisy, embarrassing! But if you start to find more and more cute all these little things, that their smile, their look, and their faces make you crack… It’s a great start!
3/ You have already done baby-sitting
Of course, babysitting has little to do with being a parent. It actually gives you just a tiny taste! However, if you are able to supervise and properly care for a baby for several evenings/nights/day, then you’ll already have a foot in the door!
4/ You and your partner are happy
No one should want to have a baby to spice up their relationship, or revive a relationship that’s starting to run out of steam! Make sure you welcome baby into a strong and happy home
5/ You had already mentioned the possibility before
Be it by making small allusions, more or less serious/ambiguous. Deciding to have a child is an important thing, not a decision to be made suddenly on a whim, out of nowhere! Have you ever discussed together what your future could be with children? Names of children that are close to your heart? Being on the same wavelength from the beginning is important.
6/ Your opinions on the question of children do not differ
If you don’t have to agree on everything, you’re still on the same wavelength regarding his education, punishments, spankings, letting your child do this or that sport, this or that activity, etc. In short, you’re getting off on the right foot. So that you don’t shoot each other in the paws once baby arrives!
7/ You see babies everywhere
you are at a stage in your life where you and your darling spend a lot of time regularly observing your friends’ babies, in the street etc… You find them adorable, they make you crack, and you put yourself in their parents’ shoes every time automatically? Definitely a sign that maybe you should do the same!