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becoming a parent for the first time

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If there’s one thing I’ve heard from every parent I’ve known it’s this: they had no idea how hard it would be. Or, they’ll say something like, “Nothing prepares you for parenthood.” While that’s true, it seems worth it to at least try some things that may make you feel a bit prepared. Just because nothing can truly prepare one for parenthood doesn’t mean couples should just go ahead and conceive, having had, in no way, experienced what it’s like to adjust their lives for a child. Not even a little. That lack of preparation is what can lead parents to fighting so bad during those first few years of parenthood, that they nearly divorce. While some may say you should enjoy your final months without kids before diving in, others may suggest that you should actually ease yourself into the chaos—early. They may be right. Here are tests to find out if you’re ready for kids.

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Caring for an elderly relative

If you have an elderly relative who needs 24-hour care, stay with this relative for a week. He may need help going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, he may need to be reminded to take medication every few hours, and he may need help eating. He may even need diaper changes.

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