Two Things you Should Never Rush into Doing
Sometimes people rush into things and have regrets later. Learn how to avoid some regrets by putting off certain things until you are ready.
Do Not be in a Rush to Have Kids
Having children should be put off until you at least have money in the bank so you can afford to be a parent; ideally so that one parent can stay home with the child for the first five years, which are the most formative. This might mean one parent works full time and one is a stay at home parent, or one parent works full time and the other works only part time.
Kids are not cheap, if you are not financially prepared for them they can be a huge drain.
Speaking of draining, kids are also emotionally taxing. Young parents are not always patient enough to deal with them, or have not learned enough about parenting to know what to do.
Home ownership should be a priority before having kids. Owning a home gives a person more of a base, in that they are more stable, not worrying about having to move. It allows the family to feel more “grounded” and stable. It means that kids have their own yard to run and play in.
The world is over populated and we are consuming renewable resources faster than they can be renewed. While it is a good idea to reduce the number of kids we have, it is also important to delay having children as this pushes back population growth.
Having a first child when a woman is between the ages of 28 and 34 has the most advantages for her, the child, and the future.
Do Not Rush into Getting a Pet
I am not saying do not ever get a pet, but getting a pet should be put off until you are actually ready to own one and have done the research to make sure the pet you get is the right one for you. Many animals are surrendered to animal shelters because people made a mistake; they got a pet when they were not allowed one, got a pet when they could not really afford one, or got a pet on a whim and realized the pet they selected is wrong for their lifestyle.
Before you get a pet, be sure you are allowed one where you live, be sure you can afford it (food, vet care such as vaccinations and spaying or neutering, emergency expenses), be sure you can commit to ownership for the lifetime of the pet, and be sure to select a pet that fits with your lifestyle.