14 Things you have to do before having children

Jan 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET

If you're thinking of having children, you might want to get some of these things out of the way first. We promise, you won't be sorry you did.

1. Buy yourself a sports car

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Car seats don't fit well in the back of a sports car, so go ahead and get one of these beauties before you have to worry about it.

2. Live in your dream city

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Once you have kids, you'll be worried about things like good schools and safe neighborhoods, so live in that crazy city known for its wild nightlife before you become a parent.

3. Take up a hobby you've always wanted to do

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Once you have to worry about diapers and college funds, you may not have as much time to learn a new hobby, so go ahead and do it now.

4. Hike the Himalayas

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This is something everyone should do, but it's definitely easier when you don't have to worry about getting a sitter first.

5. Walk on a frozen lake


Sometimes you just need to sit back and enjoy the beauty the outside world has to offer before enjoying the beauty of parenthood.

6. Watch the sunrise from the other side of the hemisphere

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Whatever side of the world you live on, going to the other side is an adventure you should partake in at least once in your life.

7. Go on a safari in Africa

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Just think of the stories you can tell your children once you've had them and they're old enough to understand how amazing it was to see a lion in person.

8. Go to Italy and make wine with your feet

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Admit it, you've always wanted to stomp on grapes ever since you saw the Italy episode of I Love Lucy. So why not get out there and do it?

9. Drive across the country

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As a parent, you will likely have many road trips with screaming kids in the backseat of the car. Treat yourself to at least one peaceful trip before the little ones arrive.

10. Have sex in every room of your house

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Because once the kids arrive, this will no longer be an option. Unless, of course, you enjoy awkward moments.

11. Take your Christmas bonus and buy something completely spontaneous

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It could be a trip to Vegas or heck, even a kayak. Just buy something crazy for yourself.

12. Spend New Year's Eve in Times Square

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Sure, you'll likely freeze your butt off, but the memory you'll have will be worth it.

13. Go on a backpacking trip through Europe

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Life with children is an adventure, so who knows, maybe going on an adventure of your own will prepare you for being a parent.

14. Dance in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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It doesn't make any sense, but it doesn't have to, does it? Do it anyway.

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