Family Planning: Helping You Take Charge of Your Life

Home / Other / Family Planning: Helping You Take Charge of Your Life

We live at a time when it is important for you to plan your lives. From education to career to family, you cannot always just do the things you want without thinking about it first or else you may encounter numerous problems along the way.

Family planning is one such way for you to take charge of your lives and your future.

Family planning is the practice of anticipating how many children there will be in the family, when those children will be born, and how to provide for these children and the whole family. It’s not as simple as thinking about these things, or saying to yourself that this is what you want or that is what you want. You cannot depend on prayer and luck, because you have to help yourself first and make a game plan.

  1. You come first.

    First things first: you have to plan for yourself. You probably have your own dreams and goals, things you want to achieve, or the career you wish to have. So before you think of adding to your family, you have to make yourself happy first.

    So take a chance on yourself first: Find that dream job. Fall in love. Travel places. Eat everything you can get your hands on. Pamper yourself. Buy that dream house.

    When you are ready, you’ll know.

  2. Think of the children.

    When you and your partner start thinking of the future, it is also time to start thinking about your options. Some couples want few kids, some want more, and some are not even sure they want kids in the first place.

    Not only that, but you also have to think of the mother. Pregnancy is not easy and it can affect the health of the mother and the future children. This is the time to consider how many children you want and how long between each child. Family planning can prevent closely spaced pregnancies and births, which will help ensure the health of the mother and the children.

    Lucky for us, we live at a time when there are numerous family planning options.

  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    ‘Family planning’ is often considered a synonym for ‘birth control,’ and just the thought of it seems to scare most people or turn them away. This is not the time to be afraid or be embarrassed, because taking the necessary steps and asking the right questions will pay off in the long run.

    So go to the doctor or talk to people who know more about the use of contraceptives, sex education, sexually transmitted diseases, hormonal birth control, natural family planning techniques, and more. Education and information are the keys, so do not be afraid to ask questions and take your time to find out what works for you, your partner, and your future family.

  4. Make sure you have resources.

    Now that you are more well-informed, it’s time to think of the family’s economic situation. You have to consider not just the medical costs of the pregnancy and birth, but also what it would take to raise your children, their education, shelter, clothing, and food.

    You will face greater challenges and more problems if you are unprepared, so figure out your finances and expenses, look at your work options and your living situation, and plan accordingly.

  5. Take it one day at a time.

    Do not let yourself get overwhelmed. You cannot plan everything in one day all at once. Take the time to know your options and talk it out with your partner, doctor, counselor, and more. Family planning has an important and long-term impact on you and your future family. So take it one day at a time and do not rush any important decision-making. It is all a matter of taking everything one day at a time, one step at a time.

    Family matters, so make sure you plan yours wisely.

References:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20planning
http://www.livestrong.com/article/72185-importance-family-planning/
http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2013/01/The-Philippines-BreakThrough-Family-Planning-Law#.VpxRn_mqqkp