At one time, it was the norm to have kids in your 20’s. Fast Forward to the present day and mums have kids in their 30’s and even 40’s. This is according to a report by the Centre for Disease Control. While there are both positives and challenges of being older parents, we kick off our discussion by exploring some of the advantages.
Advantages Over the Challenges of Being Older Parents
Financial Stability. Older parents will have already spent most of their lives working. They have probably already climbed the career ladder and may have even had a promotion or two. Due to this, they may have more money to raise their kids, including being able to cover other costs like college tuition.
More Time to Spend with Your Kids. When you were younger, you may have had a late night or two at the office. However, as you’ve got older, you probably have more vacation time and personal days to take, which are useful when you’re raising children. While young parents only get around five days off for vacation, older mums may stay at home full time while fathers work and take a vacation once in a while. One of the many advantages over the challenges of being older parents.
Greater Appreciation for Being a Parent. If you’ve been waiting a long time to have your first child, you’ll only have a stronger appreciation for them when they’re born. According to recent studies, older parents are more positive in their roles as parents. This means that kids grow up to have less behavioural, emotional or social problems.
Stable Relationships. While having kids can put relationships to the ultimate test, older parents are often better able to deal with difficult situations and support one another. In contrast, younger couples may be lacking the life experience to deal with this. They probably haven’t weathered as many storms as more mature couples.
Greater Life Experience. Regardless of whether you’re an older or younger parent, you’ll still have the same level of experience in raising children. Nevertheless, older parents have life experience on their side and so can approach parenthood with more maturity. They have probably been through more significant life events and so are better to deal with issues to do with school or health.