5 Reasons Why Mothers Should Make Future Plans

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When you’ve just given birth, and you’re gazing down at your gorgeous new baby, your mind will be filled with the here and now. Any notion of tomorrow, let alone the years to come, won’t be anywhere near where your head is. However, just because you’re not thinking about it, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to creep up on you. It’s better to be one of those mothers to make plans versus trying to figure things out on the fly.

In addition, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some plans in place. In fact, it’s often a good idea to put those plans in place before you give birth. But even if you’ve left it quite late, it’s still better to do it than forget about it and then be surprised when things don’t work out the way you wanted them to.

Why Mothers Should Make Future Plans

Don’t leave things up to chance. Here are some of the reasons why mothers should make future plans.

Financial Security 

One of the most important reasons for mothers to make future plans is to ensure they and their families have as much financial security as possible. It’s always something that’s going to be difficult to predict. Financial issues and surprises (good and bad) will often happen. However, having at least a plan in place and sticking to it as much as possible will help you enjoy the good times while you’re also prepared for the leaner times

Planning how much to save each month, for example, is a good start. This is especially true if you have a college fund or emergency fund to put the money into. It’s also wise to look at your debts and work out how to repay them as quickly as possible. That way you can be much more financially free as your child gets older and needs more things. 

Career Development 

Not all mothers want to return to work after maternity leave. If you do, then you’ll definitely need to make some future plans to ensure it can happen. Firstly, you’ll have to know how long you’re going to take when it comes to maternity leave. From there, you can work other things out. 

While you’re at home with your child or children, you can determine exactly what your career goals are and how you’re going to reach them. This includes understanding if you need to get any extra qualifications or explore new ideas.

The great thing about that is that you can take online courses and degrees these days. You’ll be able to work at your own pace. Therefore, being at home with your child during their first few months or so is ideal. You can work on your new career goals and take care of them at the same time. However, do keep in mind that it’s going to be hard work, so getting help and support could be vital. 

If you don’t want to go back to work or you feel now is the ideal time to make some changes to ensure you have a better work-life balance, you can make plans to that effect as well. Whether it’s being a full-time stay-at-home mom, starting your own business, starting a side hustle, or anything else. 

Health And Wellbeing 

Mothers are always going to be a hugely important part of any family. However, what would happen if you got sick and couldn’t take care of your kids? This is yet another reason why mothers need to plan for the future so they can keep themselves as happy and healthy as possible.

In other words, you’ll be able to plan for as much self-care as you can, you’ll know to schedule regular health checkups, and you’ll have a better attitude toward your own health, making it a priority rather than leaving it to last. 

When you make these kinds of plans, putting your own health first will soon stop feeling selfish and as though it’s something to be guilty about. Instead, it will become a great habit that not only helps you but gives your children a great model to copy as they get older, ensuring they take care of their own health too. 


Yes, we know you can’t exactly prepare for emergencies because you’re not going to know what they are. However, you can still prepare for them in a more general sense, and that’s important. Even if you don’t know what’s going to happen, you can still be more or less ready for it. 

Think about some emergencies that could happen and come up with some contingency plans to get through them. This might be something simple like your car breaking down or something more serious like a house fire.

It could even be preparing for your own death by picking out how you want your funeral to be and stating that you want bronze grave markers. It might sound morbid, but once it’s all planned for, you won’t have to think about it again. In addition, your family won’t have to worry if and when the time comes. 

No matter what happens, if you have a variety of emergency plans ready to be used, you’ll find you can stay calm and get through the issues much more easily than if you had to work things out on the fly. 

Stronger Family Bonds 

Planning for the future means you can ensure you make some great memories and bond better with your family. This is the most important thing of all. Whether you’re planning for an annual vacation, you want to have weekly family dinners, or you know you want to have family day trips as often as possible, planning ahead for these things means they’re much more likely to happen. 

When mothers spend time thinking about how to bring their family closer, that family can become a stronger, more supportive one, and nothing is out of reach.


About The Author

First time parent to an incredible little boy residing in Northern California. I hold my M.A. in Education with a Specialization in Culturally Responsive Education. My mission is to consistently provide helpful content for other parents to draw from. Parenthood is ever-changing! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope that my posts are insightful.