Although the words "prepare" and "parenthood" should probably never be used in the same sentence — because, honestly, nothing can ever truly prepare you for the beautiful roller coaster that is becoming a mom — it doesn't hurt to try. And realistically speaking, there are some important conversations to have to prepare you for parenthood, whether you're parenting with someone else or by yourself.
Apart from all the amazing changes, having a baby also comes with it's fair share of stressful ones. Thinking through things like budgeting for daycare, splitting up chores, and discipline strategies before the bundle of joy arrives can save you a whole lot of headache in the long run.
Obviously, I'm not telling you to try and plan everything out in advance, because coming from a mom of a toddler, I know the odds of that happening are about as likely as convincing my 2-year-old to potty train herself. Not gonna happen. But foresight can be your friend, if you let it. And though they aren't as fun as brainstorming your baby's name or nursery themes, these next nine questions are important to think through whether you're just thinking about trying for a baby, you're pregnant, or you're well into the parenthood roller-coaster already.