Happy National Family Week: Are You Ready to Expand Your Family?

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Nov 2014
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Is there a perfect time to have kids? Not necessarily. But there are things to consider before starting a family, or adding to your brood. In honor of National Family Week , we break down the questions you and your partner should be asking.

Career
Yes, your 20s and 30s are prime baby-making years, but they’re also a time for major career development. Do you hope to return to work after having a baby? Or are you or your partner thinking of going back to school? This will affect the time and resources you have for a baby. What sort of maternity leave policy does your company have? Something to consider: more and more women are putting off having kids, and now companies like Apple and Facebook are making it easier by covering egg freezing.

Relationship
How solid is your relationship? It’s easy to fall into the baby-will-make-everything-better trap, but whatever problem you and your partner are struggling with before having a baby will still be there — and might be amplified — after having a baby if that problem isn’t resolved.

Space
Will your current house or apartment accommodate a baby — and the endless gear that comes with it? Are you willing or financially able to make a move?

Friends
A baby will turn your social life upside down. Are you ready for less time out with friends? How many couples in your social circle are already parents? But remember, what’s right for you and your partner may not match up to what’s right for your friends.

Find out how other couples knew they were ready for another baby here.

 

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