Becoming a Father:
Your Role as a Father
What should MY role be in my baby’s life?
Becoming a dad will change your life forever. Once you become a parent, you are responsible for your child for at least the first 18 years. Even with the help of your family and friends, being a parent is not easy. It can be complicated and frustrating.
Here are some questions to think about. Your answers to these questions will help you figure out what role you will play in your child’s life.
- Can I financially support a child? A family?
How much money will it take to provide food, clothes, childcare, etc.?
Do I need to find a job?
Will I be required to pay child support?
Are there government or social services that can help financially?
- Am I ready to care for my child?
Am I prepared for a lifetime commitment?
Have I had an honest conversation about having a baby with the future mother of my child?
Am I ready to provide her with the emotional and physical support she needs at this time?
Do I know how to care for a baby?
Am I ready and willing to give up my time with friends to spend time with my child?
Can I continue my education?
If you are no longer with your partner, it’s still possible to take an active role in your child’s life. It’s easiest to do this if you both can get along and agree on how you will be involved.
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