Life is full of big decisions, and most of them relate to your family. Circumstances can vary, but most people will make similar decisions in their lives. To be more precise, we all have certain decisions that need to be made. We might not see the same outcomes, but we all reach the crossroads at one point!
It’s easier to make a decision when you know what to expect. So, here are the biggest family decisions everyone has to make at some stage:
Should you have a baby?
This is pretty much the first family decision you make. Should you expand your family from two to three? I don’t think it’s hyperbole to state this is the biggest and most significant decision of your life. The answer to this question can change the course of your life forever! Think long and hard about the financial responsibility of having a baby – you may decide it’s not the right time, and you’ll revisit this question in a few years.
Also, this decision can crop up again later in life, but it’s when you’re deciding whether to add more kids to the family!
Is it time to move house?
You rarely see families that stay in the same house forever. At some point, you either outgrow your first home, or you need to move for work opportunities. Whatever the case, this is another big decision. How do you know what the ‘right’ time is? Usually, it’s when either of the previous two suggestions comes about. If your house is too small to cater to your growing family, you should move – or consider an extension. If you have better job opportunities in a different city or country, moving house also makes more sense.
What will you do about your parents?
I’d say this is the hardest decision you make in life. Human beings age, it’s a natural process, and there’s no way to stop it. At some point, your parents will become old enough that they need extra help. Now, you have to decide the best course of action. Do you send them to a nursing home? Should they come and live with you? Do you hire a full-time carer to tend to their needs?
The decision is yours to make, but it needs to be thought through carefully. Around 1.6 million individuals are in care homes up and down the country. It’s a popular way to look after your parents as you put them in a safe place. Sadly, there are all sorts of stories about care home abuse, not to mention the lack of independence your parents will have. If possible, the best approach is to let them retain independence, but either look after them yourself or hire a carer.
It’s fair to say these are the biggest family decisions in your life. You’ll have others – like choosing a family car – but these tend to have the largest impact. The only advice I can give is to take your time with each decision. Don’t rush into things as there’s a high chance you’ll make the wrong choice.