Being a parent is pretty full-on. Okay, so that was the understatement of the millennium. Being a parent is twice as full-on as you can ever possibly imagine and, if it isn’t, we can safely say that something is wrong. You are no longer the most important person in your life and, in a couple of years, you may not even make the podium. You are responsible for someone that is entirely reliant on you and your partner. That is a lot of pressure to handle, especially if your sole understanding of pressure is Crash Bandicoot.
To help you with this (and we’re going to be doing this as honestly as we can) we have come up with a list of things you really ought to do before becoming a co-creator of life. So sit back, sip on a mug of camomile tea and make some notes.
Read Parenting Books
Note: we did not say baby books. We said parenting books. Baby books cover the first year in a detail but, in all honesty, the first year is the easiest. Learning how to take care of a baby is vital, but having a glimpse of the entire lifespan of a parent is eye-opening.
Ask Your Parents
Ignorance is bliss. Seriously, who really wants to know how terrible and exhausting we were as a child. The answer is you – when you are ready for kids. Ask your parents the candid questions you’ve never thought to ask. What was the hardest part? Dis a busy day consist of getting up and getting dressed? Did their relationship become strained? Do they wish they hadn’t? All of these will help you in some way.
Fix Your Issues
Whatever your vice is, you need to address it. Only you will know if a lightbulb just went off as you read those words, or a drop of guilt dropped into the ocean that is your consciousness. Yes, there is addiction treatment for pregnant mothers, but it is infinitely better for your wellbeing and your child’s health to fix these hangups before you consider becoming a parent.
Travel The World
More and more families are enjoying the nomadic lifestyle by taking their kids with them on their vagabond journey. It is amazing and, in our eyes, it is the right thing to do. Who wouldn’t want to be a mad little family? However, paying for just one plane ticket is so much easier than paying for, let’s say, four. Also, backpacker hostels don’t tend to be too kid-friendly.
Start Saving Money
We do not want you to gulp so hard that it feels like an anvil has just hit your diaphragm, but parents can expect to fork out around $233,000 when raising a kid. Yeah. One-quarter of a million dollars. This isn’t designed to put you off. It is designed to make you aware. To make you feel better, the reality is, there are families with way less money than you that have raised happy, healthy and successful kids. Fact.
Get To An Amusement Park
If you love amusement parks and, let’s be honest, what adult doesn’t, you’ll want to exhaust your love of them now. You’ll be able to enjoy them again when your kid is in their teens but, for the first decade at least, your every trip will be taken up by Frozen sing-a-longs, costumed characters, the teacups and the gift shops that litter Main Street. Sorry.