Ways Having Pets Prepares You For Parenthood

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Facing some sleep deprivation

The days of sleeping in might be over if you have a pet. They’ll definitely be over if you have kids, so it might be easier on your system to make the transition slowly. Start with the pets, then getting up regularly throughout the night for a baby won’t be as big of a shock. Pets won’t wait for you to sleep until 11 a.m. on a Saturday. They want their breakfast and their walks at a certain time. Well, you can sleep in if you want…but you’ll wake up to a mess if you know what I mean. And when pets get sick, they often wake you up throughout the night because they need to go outside. Pets also bark and wake you up. They jump on your bed and wake you up. This is all very similar to the way small kids will scream and make noises and jump on the bed to wake you up.

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