I am still trying to decide whether to have a child or not. i am very much on the fence and I don't want to regret my decision either way. I need to do some thinking on this and I am giving myself a year to ponder back and forth as I turn 30 in a few months (I change my mind literally daily, sometimes hourly!).
I have just been thinking, that if I decide I am not 100% on having my own kids, how I can be a positive influence in other children's lives. I'm not thinking about permanent adoption/fostering but other ways I can interact and be a good 'mentor' I guess?
I have no siblings and my partner's sibling is unlikely to have children either. So I won't have the opportunity to become an aunt which I would love. None of my close friends have children yet, though a few 'acquaintances' do, and I am not sure how close a relationship I will develop with them.
Are there other avenues to look into? Volunteering? Mentoring? other ways to have some involvement in looking after children and being a good role model, but without that permanent commitment I am unsure about at this time? I'm not really sure where to look to find this information. Does anyone have any experience with something like this?