Lamar Odom is definitely interested in having with with wife Khloé Kardashian, People reported last week.  “Hopefully it’ll happen soon,” he told the magazine.  The NBA star has two children from a previous relationship, which definitely helps provide great parenting tips – as does baby Mason, Kardashian’s nephew.

How do you know when your relationship is ready to take on parenting?

Cupid’s Advice:

Being a parent is a lifelong commitment – it’s best to plan ahead.  Even if you have a surprise pregnancy, you have enough time to get ready before the big day arrives.  Cupid shares some important tips:

1. Evaluate your relationship: If you’re considering an addition to your family, determine the strength of your bond with each other first.  Are you both mentally, emotionally, and financially ready to take care of another life?  Consider these questions before going ahead.

2. Parent plans: Pregnant or not, couples don’t always share the same goals when it comes to parenting.  Discuss your approaches to raising children to find a common ground you can both agree to.

3. Go with the flow: Keep in mind that all the planning in the world can never fully prepare you for becoming a parent.  Learn to accommodate – to both your partner and yourself – as new issues arise.