Honey, let’s wait.
The untold benefits about waiting until you’re ready.
It’s the thing to do
A paradigm shift is taking place in the developed world, couples are waiting to have children.
A study conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) from 2000 to 2014 showed that the average age for a mother increased from 24.9 to 26.3. This may not sound like a giant shift in age, but this study spans across all states, all ethnicities, and all religions. Directly displaying 3 large underlying factors:
- More educated women are waiting till they are established in their careers
- Sex education has influenced the way we conceive children
- Medical advancements have allowed women to choice when they want kids
The mothers maturity could be the number one influence when it comes to raising a kid. Women who are waiting till their 30’s to have babies are more likely to have the advantage when compared to a younger mother. These “advanced maternal mothers”, mothers ages 30+, are more likely to have the resources to better equip themselves, and the baby. According to Dr. Alice Goisis, a researcher at London School of Economics and Political Science, these mothers are more likely to take care themselves during pregnancy; being less likely to smoke, and more likely to breast-feed.
In a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at the cognitive abilities of children, born to mother around age 35-39, and found that they tested significantly better than those of children born to mothers of ages 25-29.
Possible reasons for this:
- Change in parenting attitudes
- Change in educational or socioeconomic levels
- Better family support
“The mothers have more psychological flexibility, more cognitive flexibility, more ability to tolerate complex emotional stimuli from the children” said Tea Trillingsgaard, psychology professor at Aarhus University in Denmark.