Deciding to have children is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make because it is something that will change your life forever. While some people dream of starting a family, others dread the idea of becoming a parent.
That’s okay. Creating a family isn’t for everyone. In fact, parenthood can be quite overwhelming because it often feels like you become responsible for another human being overnight.
To make matters worse, babies don’t come with an instruction manual. Perhaps you have decided not to have children in order to focus on your career. Or maybe you’re trying to help save the environment. In any case, it’s important to understand that the decision to start a family is solely up to you.
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You’ll Have to Cook Every Day
While some people enjoy cooking, others completely despise it. Putting together a meal can be quite a production. The worse part about it is that parents have to do this at least three times a day, if not more.
Other than breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there is the necessity to put together snacks in between. You can only imagine how exhausting cooking can be after a long day of looking after the kids.
To Give Yourself Meaning
There is a lot of pressure put on women to have children. Some people say that being a mother is the greatest role a woman could have while others consider that to be an outdated theory.
In reality, people are vastly different; motherhood isn’t for everyone. If you’re searching for meaning in your life, don’t automatically think that having a baby will fix things. More times than not, children make things even more complicated.
If You're Curious What They’ll Look Like
If you are thinking of having a baby just because you are curious about what they’ll look like, you might want to hold off.
Luckily, there are a few other not so permanent options. Instead of having a baby, you can play BabyMaker. All you have to do is upload a picture of you and your partner to see what your baby would look like.
Or you could look at your and your partner’s baby pictures.
No More Spontaneous Traveling
When you have children, you can’t just hop on a plane because you feel like going on a quick getaway. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into booking a vacation.
Traveling with kids requires a great deal of patience and a good bit of luck. Before you even book a trip, you have to make sure that the hotel is child-friendly and that the trip falls on a school break.
Fear of Regret
As crazy as it may seem, there are people who have had children because they were worried they might regret not having children. FOMO, fear of missing out, doesn’t only pertain to social media but to couples without children as well.
Being a parent may seem like a fun, joyous time but it can be very stressful and difficult. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to raise a well-rounded human being.