Joining The Club: Preparing Yourself for Parenthood

As overstated as it may be, having a child is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life, but even deciding to have a child alone won’t prepare you for depleting your mental reserves and making you realize what you are truly capable of.

Being a parent is, on the surface, not just looking after a child but nurturing this entire human being you have sole responsibility for. As such it can be quite a stressful component. But a lot of people may not feel ready but it’s happening regardless of whether they like it or not. How can you cope with becoming a parent if you don’t think you are ready?

 

Working On Your Relationship Is Vital 

If you don’t feel equipped for whatever reason, it could very well be down to the fact that there are problems within the relationship. But this is where family psychotherapy or counseling sessions can make you cut through the rubbish and get to the core. If you don’t feel ready for becoming a parent, it’s always vital to remember that you can talk things through, and ensure that it’s not just yourself that feels like this, but your partner may also feel ill-equipped to deal with the situation. You aren’t the first, and you certainly won’t be the last!

 

Ensure You Have Enough Support 

Having enough support is crucial for every single one of us to go through any situation that’s so testing in life. Whether it’s the pregnancy, the birth, or the years that follow, having support is something you are entitled to. And by getting enough mental and emotional support, you can ensure that you are able to cope with any situation thrown at you. We have to remember that we aren’t the only ones going through this situation. There are so many problems that can arise because we have a child, whether it’s financial problems, emotional issues, and relationship problems as well. These are all things that we have to remember to ask support for.

 

Preparing Yourself Mentally

While we may never feel prepared, there are things we can do to ensure that we are in the right mood to be the best parent possible. While it’s not about turning yourself into some sort of machine in order to navigate the late nights and early mornings, but it’s also about ensuring that you are in the right state of mind to navigate these issues.

Preparing yourself mentally is, in one respect, about making yourself mentally stronger or even physically fit, but we have to remember that having a child is something that we don’t necessarily know how to do until it really happens. And for those people that don’t feel they have control over the issue, it’s hardly a surprise that they feel stressed, but it’s something that we’ve all gone through. Preparing yourself mentally isn’t just about reading the right books; learn to cut yourself some slack as well. Becoming a parent is one of the most stressful, yet rewarding things you will ever go through. If you don’t feel ready, welcome to the club!

 

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Jamie Sanders is a freelance writer for many media outlets. She married her soulmate and writer, Dennis Sanders. Together they live in Boston where they're parents to 2 puppies.

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