People should ensure their finances are in good order before they have a family, a poll has suggested.
A survey by
Such a view may be of interest to those with debt management issues, as it may be wise to resolve these before venturing into parenthood.
A fifth of respondents said the cost of having children might put them off.
Those sorting out their finances may also wish to work in jobs offering flexibility.
Last month, the Family and Parenting Institute said fathers should be able to combine employment and family life in such a way.