I would say if you are mature, have a steady stable income, and have a partner to help you. Ideally you have graduated collage and have a job and are married. If you can't hold down a stable job that brings in a decent wage, then you can't afford a kid and you are mature enough for that kid of responsibility. And if you don't have a partner, also begs the maturity question, and makes life harder. And if you don't go to collage or live on you own before you are in for a rude awakening.
THis of course is my opinion.
at 9:06 PM on Dec. 5, 2010