You can tell a cake is baked when
it bounces back in the middle. You can
tell pancakes are ready to flip when
you see bubbles pop in the batter. But
there is no easy and obvious test for
whether you’re ready to become a
No bouncing. No bubbles.
Sometimes the news you are going
to have a baby comes before you even
start thinking about whether you’re
ready for the whole experience. And
other times, people get all their ducks
in a row and sheets on the crib before
they even consider trying to get
Either way, it’s unlikely anyone
Are you ready to be a parent?
It helps to be prepared when having a child
is ever entirely prepared for the
momentous day when you become a
parent. Fortunately, your pregnancy
will progress at just the right rate to
give you time to get used to—and
Many worry about money when they
first think of having kids. A regular
income, paying off debt, parental
benefits once the baby is born and
childcare—you will need to navigate
all of these things.
“The earlier you consider these
issues the better,” says Leslie Barker
of Alberta Health Services’ Early
Childhood Team. “While it is certainly
helpful to have a stable job, and to
aim to have minimal debt, this is not
always possible as pregnancy isn’t
The Beatles were definitely onto
something when they sang “All You
Need is Love,” but babies need gear
too: car seat, crib, change table and
diapers for a start. And you will need
some mental equipment. Being a
parent means being “on” 24 hours a
day to meet the demands of your baby.
They aren’t kidding when they say it
takes a village to raise a child. You’ll
need one too.
“Surround yourself with support,
be it family, friends, neighbours or
community programs,” Barker says.
Babies need your love and attention, but it also helps to have a support system of friends, family and
health-care providers in place.