Having a child is the most important decision you'll ever make. You might have thought it was who you marry, or where (or if) you go to college or picking a city to live in or buying a house, but it is not. It's that moment that you decide to bring forth a new life into the world who will be absolutely dependent on you for many years, and whose entire existence will be shaped by choices you make, genes you gifted them, and opportunities you were able to obtain for them. From an emotional, economic, spiritual, and professional standpoint, it is the most significant thing you'll ever do.
Fortunately, there's no right or wrong way to execute that truly awesome responsibility. Plenty of people do a great job who are not wealthy, highly educated, or thoroughly resourced. Others do a terrible job who have absolutely no excuse whatsoever. There are certain basics such as knowing a little CPR, having a sense of developmental milestones, and knowing when your baby needs to see a doctor or how much they ought to eat, but other than that, as long as you're loving, reliable, and kind, it'll probably all come out in the wash.
This quiz isn't about reassuring you, though. This quiz is about those milestones and meeting that baseline. Let's see if you pass! (And if you don't, don't worry; babies come with nearly nine months of warning, so there's plenty of time to learn.)
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