How old were your parents when you were born? It looks like my parents were pretty average all the way back in 1981, when I was born. My mom was 25 and my father had just turned 30. Their ages have always amazed me, mostly because…WOW…they seemed like such babies!
But! A Gallup poll revealed Americans’ views on the ideal age for both women and men. The vast majority, 58%, say 25 or younger is ideal for women. As for men? The majority think men should start having children at 26 or older.
“The idea of a one-size-fits-all perfect age to have kids is like saying there’s a ‘perfect meal’ or ‘perfect job’ for everyone,” Mackenzie Dawson, a parenting columnist for the New York Post, told Yahoo Parenting. “It all boils down to individual circumstances and where you are in life.”
At 25, I had just graduated college and was still trying to figure this whole “life business” out, so obviously, I was in no position whatsoever to even be thinking about children. In fact, I don’t even know if I ever want kids, but I couldn’t imagine having my first child in my early or mid-20s. Maybe it’s a generational thing. After all, Millennials are known for doing things differently than their parents. We’re delaying marriage in favor of careers. We’re furthering our education. We’re realizing that, at the end of the day, we’re not our parents — much the same way, I bet, our parents viewed their own lives.
It has to make you wonder, doesn’t it? What do you think, friends? Do you have kids? If so, how old were you when you had your first? What do you think is the ‘perfect’ age? Is there even a ‘perfect’ age? Let’s chat, friends! xoxo
[Photo by Charles Gullung]