It’s never too early to prepare for being a mother or father! Check out these 5 ways to prepare for parenthood!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over seven years since my husband and I became parents.
There are still many days when we feel like we absolutely have no idea what we are doing, but the truth is that we have learned quite a lot along the way.
We were married for just under three years when we had our first child, and there were things that we did during that short time to prepare to be parents.
If you are in the season of trying to conceive or know a friend who is, I hope you will find encouragement in this post on ways to prepare for parenthood.
1. Quit unhealthy habits.
Whether it be smoking, drugs, excessive drinking, or even overeating, your kids will pick up on your bad habits.
If you want them to lead a healthy lifestyle, now is the time for you and your husband to start practicing what you hope to preach to your children.
On top of not wanting to pass on bad habits to your children, smoking, drug use, drinking, and unhealthy food choices can also contribute to poor sperm quality if you are trying to conceive. Sperm health and sperm quality actually begin to decline around the age of 25 (source).
These are also habits that you will want to avoid in order to achieve optimal health during your pregnancy.
2. Exercise together.
Kids take up a lot of energy. (That might just be the understatement of the year!)
I am so thankful that I was exercising regularly before I became pregnant with my first child.
Regular exercise will ensure you are prepared to keep up with your kids!
3. Take vitamins and supplements–even during the pre-conception period.
I began taking pre-natal vitamins as soon as we found out I was pregnant with our first child.
I later had a doctor tell me that all women of childbearing age should be taking pre-natal vitamins because you never know when you might conceive.
Even though we are not currently trying to conceive (and may never have another baby), I continue to take prenatal vitamins on a daily basis. I want my body to be ready if we were to get pregnant!
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4. Get a dog.
Although we do not currently own a dog, we did have one for several years before becoming parents. The saying goes that dogs prepare you for parenthood, and I would say that it’s true!
Although it is very different, caring for an animal does truly help prepare you for caring for another human.
5. Volunteer to babysit other peoples’ children.
Whether it be volunteering once a month in the church nursery or watching the children of your friends so they can take a date night, both will prepare you and your husband a little more for parenthood.
And once you are parents, I guarantee you will be on the lookout for other young couples to help take care of your children as well!
What are you suggestions for ways to prepare for parenthood?
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Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life
I agree with getting a dog before kids, and not just for the sake of learning responsibility. We got our dog when she was just a puppy before we had our first child. Our children are (generally) really comfortable around dogs, especially ours. If you plan on getting a dog eventually anyway, having one before kids might make it easier on your kids.
Wow, please don’t recommend that people get a dog just to prepare for a baby. If you didn’t already want a dog and plan to care for it the whole 10-15 year lifespan, don’t get one. SO MANY dogs are given up because a baby comes and the dog is now a nuisance. Just look on craigslist. “Baby is coming so we need to give away our dog”. How people like that view themselves competent to care for a child but not a dog is beyond me. If your dog isn’t going to be family, don’t bother getting one.
When the baby comes everything changes. You have to adopt a new lifestyle and that’s the hardest thing to do.
Many parents were not prepared for that and that can cause unhappiness.
How can they prepared for different lifestyle?