Pros and Cons of Being an Older Parent
Most women who choose to wait until they are older to have children, do so for a wide range of reasons. Some women want to have established careers first or they want to ensure they are financially stable before having a child. Whatever the reason is, there are pros and cons to waiting. Here are some of the pros and cons of being an older parent.
- Older parents are usually more financially secure than when they were younger. They more than likely have good jobs or have had the same job for several years.
- Older parents are normally more educated than they were at a younger age. They have usually completed not only high school but college and beyond as well.
- Older parents tend to have more stable marriages than younger parents. This is usually due to the fact that they have been together a greater amount of time or they are at the age that they know what they want in a lifetime partner. Having a stable marriage will mean greater stability for their kids.
- Those that have waited to have children are often more mature emotionally and are able to handle the stress of everyday life a little better.
- Mothers who have children while in their middle ages, may risk their baby being born with some type of disability. Women who wait to have children in their late 30’s, early 40’s are more prone to give birth to a child with Down’s Syndrome. The risk of having a miscarriage is also higher.
- High blood pressure, preterm delivery, stillbirth, gestational diabetes and other similar complications are more prevalent in women who give birth when they are forty years of age or older.
No matter what age you are when you have children, the most important thing to remember is to nurture and love your child(ren) unconditionally. Learn from your parent’s mistakes and do not repeat negative history. Teach them the skills that will help them to form caring, bonding relationships with others outside of the family unit. This way they will have coping skills that will help them to face challenges that may surface throughout their lifetime.