Are you thinking about having a ‘mini-me’ running around the house? If you and your partner have functioning biological equipment, you’re good to go. And if you don’t, you can even adopt. There’s no experience or qualifications necessary and there are no viable handbooks available.
Now lets look at some things that you might not have considered. Children are expensive. I don’t mean just a little bit, I mean ‘wicked expensive.’ In their first 22 years you could easily drop a boat load on each of them. You can say goodbye to that hot Corvette with no backseat and say hello to a ‘family’ sedan or minivan. When you look for your first house together your first question will be, ‘how are the schools?’ And every month you’ll be putting money away for their college fund because I’m here to tell you that sports or academic scholarship just isn’t going to happen.
Then there’s the other side. You’ll get smiles and hugs that you’ll never forget. You’ll create and hold memories that will never fade. You’ll feel the most astonishing pride and the most heart-breaking disappointments of your life. You’ll give out advice like it’s free candy and be amazed that it’s just thrown away. When they are born you’ll be the smartest person in the world, when they’re 10 you’ll just be marginally intelligent, and when they’re 16 you’ll wonder how you suddenly became so stupid. Not to worry, when they’re 25 you’ll be smart again.
Before you decide, just remember that parenting is a wonderful life, but it’s not for everybody. Make sure it’s for you.
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