We hate to break it to you, but parenting is nothing short of joyous and tough. It has its highs and lows. It will test you on every level there is. It’ll also surprise you in the most joyous ways. Here are some telltale signs that you’re ready to be a parent.
You Can Be Around Kids
Kids will test your patience. Assessing whether you enjoy being around kids is a good place to start when figuring out whether you’re ready to be a parent. Plus, it’s a bonus if you can handle the gross stuff, like loaded diapers, snot bubbles, drool, and more.
You’re Emotionally Prepared
Raising a child can be very emotionally challenging. If you understand that kids will spark an array of emotions, you’re on your way to the parenting level. Are you emotionally prepared for the fact that one minute, your child could be cuddled up to you, and the next, they are having a meltdown? When they’re bullied or they break an arm, it’s going to cause you more pain than if you went through it yourself; and once they hit their teens, you’re going to have to troubleshoot an infinite number of situations.
You Love the Reality of Being a Parent – Not Just the Cute Things That Come With It
Having a baby doesn’t mean your sole focus should be on the tiny outfits and toys your child will get to play with. Though shopping for those necessities is a must, it shouldn’t be your main reason for wanting to be a parent.
You See Parent Potential in Your Partner
If you’re in a relationship with a significant other, you’ll want to ask yourself if they have parent potential. It’ll click when you start to notice your partner’s actions and listen to their words when they talk to you or other people about their future goals. Once the thought starts popping into your head, “They will make a good parent one day,”…you’ll know you’ve found parent potential.