Prince William and Kate Middleton, whose wedding was a little over a year ago, finally have family planning on their minds. As People reported, William says both he and Middleton are eager to have kids and start building a family. However, he remained reserved about any specific plans, ignoring the rumors that his wife might already be pregnant. At the moment, the Prince has another decision on his mind, as he debates returning to the Royal Air Force or devoting his full efforts to his responsibilities as prince.

How do you know if your partner would be a good parent?

Cupid’s Advice:

Having a child and starting a family takes a lot of work from both you and your partner. If you’re trying to tell if your significant other would be a great parent, consider these ideas:

1. Think about how your partner acts around kids: Whether it’s their relatives, people at their workplace or just kids in the neighborhood, chances are that your partner deals with children once in a while. If he or she is friendly and supportive, they’ll probably be a great parent. If kids seem to annoy them, you might want to reconsider your plans.

2. Try a pet: Animals are less responsibility than children, but caring for them still takes a lot of work. Taking care of a pet can strengthen your relationship and is a great way to practice being a parent. If your partner treats your pet with love and compassion, the odds are good that they’ll treat your child the same way.

3. Talk about it: Sure, it seems obvious, but having kids is a decision you and your partner need to make together. He or she probably has a very good sense of whether they’d make a good parent, so ask what they think. Discussing this sooner rather than later can give you a better idea of where your relationship is headed, and will help build the openness and communication that all relationships need.

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