Having a child is a life-changing experience. So it’s important that both partners are on the same page before deciding if you’re ready to become parents.
Some people believe that there is a biological clock that is ticking, and if they don’t have a baby before they turn 30, it’s too late. According to psychologist Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., a couple’s decision to have a baby should be based on maturity, not age!
There are also signs that can help you decide if you’re ready to become parents. Below you’ll find those signs which are provided by Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist who is the author of the book Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence, Karen Sherman, relationship psychologist, and Edward Kruk, Ph.D.
1. Solid Partnership: According to Pickhardt, you both need to be on the same page. There will be new differences and conflicts, so if you have issues solving conflicts without a child, it’s going to be even tougher with a child.
2. Ability to Take Care of Yourself: Having a child doesn’t mean that you stop taking care of yourself. Having a child does mean sacrifices, but not sacrificing your health and relationship with your partner. You need to be able to do all three, according to Pickhardt.
3. Self-Discipline: If you have a mindset of finishing everything you start, that same mentality should transfer over when you have a child. If you have a strong work ethic, you’ll be able to handle raising a child, says Pickhardt.
4. Self-Fulfillment: Pickhardt explains that self-fulfillment is the “great persuader.” If you want to watch a child grow into an adult, then you’ll do everything in your power to raise them to the best of your ability.
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