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Hi Mama Karen, When is it the "right time" to start having babies? I have been married for two years and feel like it's hard to know when you have enough money saved up or are far enough in your career and life to provide your child with the best you can. Thanks!


If you want to wait until you have enough money you must first quantify what "enough" is for your family. When my children were small we lived on a meager income. I cut corners without them knowing. I wrapped their birthday gifts with the comic section I saved from the Sunday newspaper. I clipped coupons from that same paper for groceries. I had more love than money to give them. I've heard it said, if you wait until you can afford to have a baby, you never will.

Talk to your husband, honey. As long as you have a roof over your head and food in the pantry I bet the rest will work itself out. Having children has been the greatest blessing of my life. I wish the same for you.

Mama Karen