We’re probably going to step on some toes today. You see, a new baby changes absolutely everything. Many people will say that it’s virtually impossible to plan for a new baby. However, we take a look at the matter from a different angle. While it’s true that you cannot plan for everything, the reality is that there are some things that you can think about long before you go to the hospital to greet your newborn child.
The truth is that you have to make sure that you are going to think about everything that you really want your child to have over time. Yes, that means that you have to think about the uncertain future. Yes, that means that you have to figure out how you’re going to make ends meet. Yes, you’re going to have to figure out how to be the best parent possible to a small life that’s going to depend on you completely… whew! That sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?
That’s the point. We have to be serious about the process of raising small humans that grow into adults who will share the burden of the world with us. We want to raise productive individuals, and that boils down to a matter of environment. Do you want to put your child into a private school? This might cost a lot of money where you live. On the other hand, if you’re thinking about moving to an area with better public schools, you should realize that you’re going to pay a lot more in terms of property taxes.
Writing out your goals will help you keep an eye on them.
Naturally, we have to also address debt. Debt is something that you need to think about as well. You don’t want to feel like you’re having to face everything head on, but you do need to be aware of how much debt you’re carrying. Unless you’re going to be getting a house when the baby is born, you have some more time to pay off debts than other people do. When you’re trying to shop quickly for a home, you need to make sure that your debt is truly taken care of the right way. It’s going to be up to you to figure this out. You don’t have to have all of the answers, but you do need to be aware of what you’re honestly doing with your time.
Keeping a good budget to lower debt is very important. Sure, it means that you might not be able to go out with your friends, but you have to make sure that you have a lot of the baby supplies ahead of time. This attitude and approach will let you actually shop for a new carseat that’s top of the line compared to having to scramble for a cheap one at the last minute.
Now then, you might need some help with your first baby. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends who have children and see what used items they can give you. Low income families should also look at the assistance programs in the area. You have to make sure that you are truly looking at every aspect of raising a child over time.
Thankfully, you’re not alone at all in this venture! A new baby attracts the attention of everyone. Everyone will band together to support you. What you need more than financial advice is to have emotional advice as well. The subject of children and money is very hard. Some people say, “Why bother?”
The truth is that you will find that just as you looked to your parents for information on everything, your kids will look up to you as well. They want to know that you’re doing everything in your power to lead them down the right path. They want to trust you, and you want to give them good information.
If you take nothing else from this guide, realize that it’s definitely worth your time to teach your children sound financial advice. You do that by leading the way yourself. If you can’t get your spending under control, how can you expect your children to be able to do so when they are adults? If you live on credit cards, you can pretty much expect your children to feel that this is okay.
You have a lot of big choices ahead, but don’t worry. You may make some mistakes along the way, but they are rarely fatal mistakes. Just correct course as you go, and keep an open mind. Good luck!