Last Reviewed April 2010
Are You Really Ready for Fatherhood?
Do you picture yourself as a father 'someday?'
Whether to have — and when to have — children is one of the biggest decisions you and your partner will ever make. Fatherhood is a lifetime commitment, so you owe it to yourself, your partner and your baby to be emotionally, physically and financially prepared before trying to conceive.
Ask yourself these questions. They’ll help you decide if you’re ready to be a father.
- Do you like children?
- How do you feel about having a child around all the time?
- Who are your role models?
- Can you identify yourself as a “father”?
- Which skills can you share with and teach to your child?
- Do you welcome the opportunity of falling in love with your child?
- What kind of time and space do you need for yourself?
- Are you willing to accept less sex with your partner (at least temporarily)?
- Are you ready and willing to change diapers, comfort and feed a baby any hour of the day or night?
- Are you ready to totally turn your priorities upside down?
- Are you ready to make family your priority, followed by work then social life/ personal time?
- Are you ready to give up your free time and change your routine to meet your baby’s needs?
- Are you patient enough to deal with the noise and the confusion and the 24-hour-a-day responsibility?
- Could you handle a child and a job at the same time?
- Do you want to be a working father or a stay-at-home father?
- Do you qualify for parental leave?
- Can you afford to support a child?
- Do you have any health issues that might affect your ability to father a child?
- Are you willing to exercise regularly?
- Are you willing to eat healthier foods?
- Are you willing to stop drinking alcohol or using recreational drugs?
For more information:
Region of Peel — Public Health
905-799-7700 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse