A Strong Intuition
Can you tell if your guy is upset via his body lingo? Do you know when a coworker is stressed by a slight change in her expression? Since infants can’t verbalize their feelings, “you’ll have to use indirect cues like these to interpret your baby’s needs,” says Shiller.
Tap in to your intuition by taking a minute to feel people out before they divulge their thoughts, says Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, PhD. “You may be surprised by how much your inner voice can reveal.” Then, once you’re a mom, you’ll be picking up the most subtle clues.
A Knack for Nurturing
Women who baby their men and chicks who counsel pals in crises are primed for parenthood. “This demonstrates you’re able to comfort others,” says Shiller. One way to foster your caretaking side: “If a pal seems down, don’t just ask if she’s okay,” suggests Thomas. “Put your arm around her and help her find a solution.”