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Are you expecting a child or at least contemplating the idea of becoming a parent? Becoming a parent to a little boy or girl is truly a gift that not everyone gets to experience. If you’re going to give your child the best chance at life, it does mean making a few lifestyle changes of your own. Since you serve as your children’s first example of what an adult should live and behave like, it is imperative that you present yourself in a positive light. That may mean letting go of a few things, such as those listed below:

Mismanaging Funds When you’re young and don’t have many responsibilities, when, where, and how you spend your money may not be as important to you. However, when you have children, your money is essentially a large part of how you can take care of them. If you have poor financial habits like the inability to save, tons of debt, or worse, it is recommended that you work with a financial advisor to get back on track. Learning how to budget, spend, and invest your money now will ensure that you have enough funds to raise your children today and in the future.

Partying (Drugs and Alcohol) Though there isn’t anything wrong with going out with friends on occasion to have a good time if you’re lifestyle consisted of nothing more than late night dancing and bar hopping, you’re going to need to make some adjustments before becoming a parent. Being more responsible and mindful of how much you’re drinking and sticking to a schedule will ensure that you are a safe and responsible parent. If you’re struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is best that you look for an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab center for help. They can help you to kick the habit of drugs and alcohol and learn new methods for coping with underlying issues with addiction.

Poor Eating Habits What you put in your body is crucial to you and your child’s health. From preconception, hopeful parents are advised to eat a nutritious diet complete with the vitamins and nutrients you will need to sustain a full-term healthy pregnancy. After the child is conceived, eating right is vital so that you’re able to parent them accordingly. When you properly fuel your body, you’re better equipped to put up with the demands of being a new parent. Not to mention as your children get older, they will often mimic your eating habits. If you’re not eating properly, this could lead to childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Being a parent is a great reward that comes with major responsibilities. One of those is making sure that your children have the best possible chance at a positive life. By removing some of the bad habits from your life prior to becoming a parent, you are providing a better example for your children to live by. Not to mention, you’ll be a lot healthier (and richer) when you do.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.