Ask these questions and start a dialogue with your future spouse.
1. Do you want children? How many? Are you willing to try other ways of having children (IVF or adoption)?
Does your partner prefer to just have one child, or do he or she feel that it is important for a child to have siblings? Would you and your partner be willing to try in vitro fertilization (IVF) or adopt if you have fertility issues? Would you like to adopt instead of having biological children?
2. What makes someone a “good” parent?
What are each of your views on parenting issues such as consequences and giving allowance? Is spanking and/or time out an acceptable form of consequence? How were each of you raised? Do you want to emulate or avoid your parents’ parenting style? You might want to discuss the three main parenting styles: laissez-faire, assertive, and aggressive. The laissez-faire parenting style tends to have fewer rules and less structure than the other parenting styles, and aggressive parenting tends to keep pretty strict rules and has less flexibility. Assertive parenting style falls in the middle.
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