When it comes to starting a family, your life certainly changes from when you were just a couple. There’s a person you become responsible for, and they also rely on you. Going through parenthood for the first time has its challenges, to say the least. If you’re thinking about having another child, here are some things to consider.
Can You Afford It Financially?
Every child costs a certain amount of money and that spending doesn’t stop, no matter how old your child is. They will always come to the parents for support, and your support isn’t just financial. However, financially, you want to be sure that for now, you can comfortably afford to have another child. Think about all the money you spent on your first child in terms of nappies and food, as well as any extra clothing you might have to buy. The average amount spent on a child in their first year is over $10,000. That’s a lot of money for just one person, let alone having to look after your current household too. So always think about the costs before going ahead and trying for another.
Making Sure You’re Emotionally Ready
The emotional and physical side of being a parent is tough, particularly through the early years of your child’s growth. Sleepless nights, temper tantrums and a constant need for attention is very much the norm for any child, and so you want to be ready to do that all over again. As a parent, it can be a rollercoaster of emotions, and you may still be going through them now. So ensure that you are in the right frame of mind and that you are in the best health and mind for a new baby.
Think About Other Options
There are, of course, other options to consider when it comes to having another member of the family. Foster care and adoption is something that is always needed from households across the world. And some can still feel that natural conception is the only way to have a child. Having a family is not just about having the same genetics. For many, it’s who we allow into our lives and care for that makes them family. When thinking about your options, always consider foster care as something that might be worth looking into.
Is The Time Right?
Timing is important when it comes to having a family, and it’s certainly one thing that you want to consider. The timing might not be right in that you’re still getting used to family life, or perhaps you’re in the middle of moving home or a new job. It’s good to feel stable when you’re planning on having another child, so always think about whether the time is right for you and your household for another baby.
Having a child is a blessing and one that should always be appreciated. Think carefully about having another to ensure the time is right both in financial aspects but also your own personal feelings too.