What do I want out of life for myself?
What do I think is important for myself?
Could I handle a child and a job (or school) at the same time? Would I have time and energy for both?
Am I willing to cut back on my social life and spend more time at home? Will I miss my free time, my privacy, and my ability to do what I want when I want?
Can I afford to support a child?
What are the costs?
How would a child interfere with my own growth and development?
Would a child change my educational plans
Am I willing to give a great deal of my life to be responsible for a child?
Am I willing to devote a large part of my life to being concerned about my child’s well being and to always consider my child’s welfare first before making any decisions?
These are difficult questions to answer.
Answer them for yourself
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Does my partner want to have a child?
Could we give a child a good home?
Is our relationship a happy and strong one?
Are we both ready to give our time and energy to raising a child?
What would happen if we separated after having our child?
Do I like kids? When I am around them, what do I think or feel about having one around all the time?
Do I enjoy teaching others?
Am I patient enough to deal with the noise and confusion and the 24 hour a day responsibility of parenting?
What kind of time and space do I need for myself?
What do I do when I get angry or upset? Would I take things out on my child if I lost my temper?
What if I decide to parent my child and later decide I made the wrong decision?
How would a baby fit into my family’s lifestyle?
Is there room in my home for a child or another child?
Would I have to depend on someone else to take care of my child while I continue school and/or get a job? If so, who would it be?
How would I support my child?
How do my parents and the people I look to for support feel about my child living with them?
Am I ready to take on the day to day responsibility of parenting?
Handling my child’s laundry
Clean up after him/her
Taking care of him/her when they are sick
Meeting his/her physical and emotional needs
How would I take care of my child’s health and safety? How do I take care of my own?
Am I prepared for lots of advice from parents and others if I decided to parent my child? Can I handle the criticism?
Parenting vs. Placement
“Which one is right?”
A question with only 4 words and can be asked in one breath is the most difficult question you will ever have to answer.
Both will change Your Life
Both will change your Child’s Life.
Whichever you choose remember you will ALWAYS be a parent.
The Answers to Important Questions are found by
Being Honest in Your Answers
Do I expect my child to make my life happy?
Do I want a boy or a girl? What if I don’t get what I want?
Will I want my child to be like me?
Am I expecting a perfect child?
Will I want my child to achieve things that I wish I had, but didn't?
Will parenting a child show others how mature I am?