To really understand the process of raising children you need to start out with the birds and the bees. First off, it isn’t totally necessary to dress up as wild animals to conceive a child– that is more of an issue of personal preferences. In fact, a recent study concluded that a majority of Americans prefer to emulate their favorite masked Mexican wrestling superstars during sex. Some people have even been known to enjoy it without any identity-altering clothing whatsoever.
A good first step is to find a partner. Having them be more or less the opposite sex is a good start, but not a strict requirement. Anyone who has seen “Junior” starring Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger knows the difficulties of same sex pregnancies.
The next step, ideally, is to build a relationship with your partner. If time permits, spend some time with this person. Get to know their likes and dislikes. Communication is a key aspect to any healthy relationship. (Keys to an unhealthy relationship: beheading partners for producing incorrect gender offspring, initiating land wars in Asia, and, of course, an irrational desire to use the metric system.)
Cultural differences also need to be taken into consideration. For example, most people understand the concept of monogamy, but in several South American countries a common variation is “I won’t sleep with anyone else, unless they have the same first name or hair style as my partner.” And in Sweden it is perfectly acceptable to be intimate with anyone you meet when entering the incorrect gender’s bathroom of an Ikea store. If your partner’s culture is significantly different than your own, make sure to take time to learn as much as possible just in case you need to mock them for several hours at local drinking establishment after a heated fight about her religious beliefs barring certain types of ice cream from being consumed in the house on days of the month divisible by seven.