For some, life doesn’t really start until they have kids and are raising their own families. Still, no matter how rewarding raising kids is, it does make it more challenging to do certain things in life. There are things couples should try before having kids. Knowing some of them helps them take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Move Closer to Family

Even if the two of you are essentially responsible for the children you raise, you’re never going to be able to get it done with just the two of you. Being closer to the family can mean having access to lots of support and extra hands who can help raise your kids. In fact, being around relatives who have done this all before can mean having sources of experience and guidance you can turn to when you’re not sure what you’re doing. That’s bound to happen a lot with at least the first child you have.

Buy a Home

It will be a long time before your kids know the difference between owning a home and renting one, but you’ll know immediately. Homeownership is a foundational pillar to financial well-being that can help you raise your kids in a stable environment. Not having to move them multiple times through your childhood will certainly bring a sense of comfort and stability to their childhood as they grow up.

Kinky Lingerie

Sexy nightwear should still have a place in your bedroom after you have kids, but the time to really try it and get used to it is before. Your sex life will change after the first baby shows up. Depending on how much you’re trying to have a baby, some kinky nightwear might even help the process along. At the least, it will be more enjoyable.

Grad School

It’s not impossible to finish grad school while being a parent, but it gets exceptionally harder as time goes on. If it’s feasible to put off child-rearing until your education is complete, then it’s worth trying. The potential benefits in regards to career and income are substantial.

Having kids isn’t the end of your life, but it will be the end of life as you know it. Some things won’t be possible again until after they leave the nest, and others will just be harder to do while you are raising them. Do what you can while you can. But know that having kids can be rewarding and fulfilling as well.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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