9 Things to Think about before Having Children ...

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It's been said that if you wait until the perfect time to have kids, you'll never have them. I wouldn't know; I don't have kids and, although I think I want them, I'm not sure it's in the cards for me. I've known a lot of people who got pregnant by accident and ended up saying it's the best thing that ever happened to them. I guess you never know. Even if there is no “perfect time”, though, there are still a lot of questions to ask yourself before having children. Some of them are obvious while others take a bit more thought. These are just a few things to think about before having children.

1. Why, Exactly, do You Want to Have Kids?

One of the first things you should think about before having kids is *why* you're doing it. Are you having them because you want them, or to satisfy someone else? Are you trying to fill some sort of “hole” in your life? Are you trying to fix a troubled relationship? Sometimes having a child does force someone to turn their lives around; my nephew was on a very destructive path with friends and the law but, when he found out his girlfriend was pregnant with his child, he made a complete turnaround. However, I don't think this is something you should count on. If you're thinking about having kids, make sure you're having them for the right reasons.

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