4. Is Your Relationship Stable?

If you have a child with someone, you're always going to have something to do with each other. Is your partner someone you want to have kids with? If you're not in a relationship, are you prepared to be a single parent? This is a consideration even if you are with someone because sometimes the parents aren't on the same page when it comes to having kids. Do you both want kids, or is one trying to placate the other? Are there any major problems going on-infidelity, trust issues, etc-you need to sort through first? Contrary to popular belief, having a child doesn't always “fix things”. The nephew mentioned above is the exception, not the rule.

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