One of the most overwhelming, rewarding and fulfilling experiences you'll have in your lifetime is the opportunity to prepare for motherhood. Carrying out the responsibilities and duties of motherhood is a great responsibility and to whom much is given, much is required. Here are 4 tips to prepare you to take on this incredible task:
1. Watch DVDs
Preparing for motherhood takes a lot of work, and you may have
limited time to read books or magazines. One way that you can get
useful information while doing other tasks is to buy or rent DVDs. You
can buy child-rearing and development videos to help ensure that your
child is meeting the necessary mental and physical milestones for her
2. Get Better at Managing Money
Many moms are in charge of money management in the home, especially if you're working from home. You have to take care of the books, and make sure you're not overspending in any budget category, like on groceries or clothing. When you're preparing for motherhood, you have to budget and plan for the additional costs of having a child. This has a huge impact on your finances. If you're not good at it, you might get caught off guard and find yourself in financial hardship. If you're good at budgeting, planning your expenses and getting your financial house in order, motherhood will go much better.
3. Be Informed
You are responsible for making sure that your child remains healthy in their mind and body. You have to do your research and know what to do and what not to do when it comes to their health. Read all that you can on which foods to give your baby and which foods to avoid. Make sure that your home is baby proofed. Watch for both the physical dangers (like exposed electric outlets) and chemical dangers (like toxins in household cleaners and certain foods). Know how to detect physical, developmental and mental problems in your baby so that you can act quickly to help.
4. Start Working from Home
If you're not already working from home, then you can prepare for motherhood by building up your business now. It takes time to find clients and customers, and it's harder to work on this after the birth. You can jump start the process by finding freelance jobs or launching your home based business now. The benefits of working from home as a mom are incredible. You'll be right there for your children, and it makes managing the household much easier. You get to be your own boss, and with that, the freedom to do the types of work you like, and to work with the types of clients you enjoy working with.
You can prepare for motherhood with joy. Be encouraged and know that many moms have birthed, reared and trained their children from birth to adulthood with love and success. You can, too, by starting with the tips mentioned above.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.