You pay your bills on time.

Awesome credit score for the win!

You hear a cool name and immediately say it in your head.

... paired with your last name for your future child.

It has a nice ring to it.

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You took a serious look at your finances.

And you figured you could almost swing having a baby.

You and your partner can have honest conversations about difficult subjects.

But if you mostly prefer to rehash the latest from Game of Thrones, we TOTALLY GET IT.

You get a smile on your face every time you take a prenatal vitamin.

“Look at me, responsible mom-to-be coming through!”

When’s the right time to become a mother?

When the stars align just right? When your work and love lives are running at 100%? When you’re just so madly in love you can’t stop yourself?

The answers are different for each woman, but there are a few signs that are universal.

Read on for 15 signs that you are definitely read to become a mom.

You talked to your partner about how hot he'd look with a baby.


Every month you check those due date predictors “just in case.”

Can you really ever be “too prepared”? (Check your due date with our calculator here.)

You can't imagine a future in which you're not a mom.

Neither can we.

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You try to imagine what your future children might look like.

You *might* have used the MakeMeBabies app, “just to see.”

Your friend has a baby and you immediately become obsessed with her.

Can I babysit? Can I change her dirty diapers? Can I sit and hold her? Squeeze her? Smell her? Please???

You get lost on #birth Instagram.

We don’t blame you.

You drool more over baby pictures than engagement pictures on Facebook.

Because they’re SOOOO CUTE.

You *might* have already bought some baby clothes.

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You make time for barre class.

Or SoulCycle. Or a run around the block. Or a run to brunch with the girls.

WHATEVER, you are totally power-walking that off.

When you get asked in an interview where you'll be in five years...

You think: BABIES.

But then you talk about rocking it at work.

You chart your cycle JUST FOR FUN.

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And you know, in case you ever wanna put a baby in there.

You asked for a raise and got it.

Like a BOSS.

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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