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How to know the both of you are actually ready for a child

29 June 2016, 19:50 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Children are rarely if ever planned. They come and they do not come with plates. They come naked waiting for you to get up from that bed to clothe them. Most couples get surprised because most of the time when you plan it rarely if ever happens.

That does not mean you cannot take the necessary measures to ensure that you do not struggle so much when they come. How do you know as a couple that you are ready for a child?

I will first stress;

Money/ Your financial situation is better as compared to when the both of you first met

Realistically most couples meet up when they are still trying to figure their own lives out. This is when I will advise you not to have a child yet; figure yourself out first then bring another human being into it.  Second, a child=money; honestly. You will need money, money and money- for basic every day care and for those funny emergencies. My mother is afraid of babies because to her, half the time she never understood what was happening. The child sleeps fine the following morning they have a break out and you have to rush them to the hospital. So, money; the both of you are financially stable and responsible.

You are more so becoming homebodies and less of party animals

I am not saying parents don’t have fun and kids bring your life to a standstill; actually, they do but we are going to pretend they don’t. If as a mother, you are not ready to quit partying even for the first year, you are in trouble. That tag of war that happens between couples because we are now taking turns deciding who gets to go out this weekend; you are not ready for parenting. Partying and parenting are not in the same dictionary.

If you are not patient with each other don’t have a child

Your baby will annoy you. Yes, we love them and we like them but trust me; your child will not let you sleep a full night. Either way, you still have to check on them to ensure they don’t roll on their stomach at night. They die. If you do not have patience with your partner, use them to train yourself at it and be a team. That way, the work will not be life to one person after the birth.

Both of you actually want one

Not the set up. It cannot be one-sided. That normally ends badly.

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