There are many decisions families have to make when it comes to having kids. One of the biggest choices is when. Youth has its advantages but there could be even more for parents who decide to wait. There are benefits for the children and parents.
1. Take Control of the Timing
Be more specific with when you want to have kids. You and your partner will be able to plan out the details of your lives for the years ahead, including career changes, starting a business, travel, and other pursuits. You can also be more purposeful with your reproductive health and the measures you take for planning when to start your family.
2. Better Financial Security
Waiting to have kids gives you the ability to attain better financial security. Professionals who are in their mid to late thirties are more likely to be further along in their careers. Waiting also gives you more time to save money for childcare and other related expenses.
3. More Time to Save for College
Speaking of financial security, having kids later in life gives you more time to save for their college education. Open a 529 college savings plan and start putting money away earlier. Also known as a qualified tuition plan, a 529 is a tax-advantaged investment plan designed to help parents save for future tuition costs.
4. More Flexibility at Work
Being further along in your career may give you more freedom and flexibility when it comes to maternity and paternity leave. You may also have the privilege of working from home some days if the need arises.
5. Being More Prepared, Emotionally
Adults who choose to become parents a little later in life tend to be more prepared for the emotional requirements of having a family. In general, we think of older people as more mature, settled, and stable. With that also comes more patience.
6. You’ve Accomplished More Personal Goals
Waiting gives you more time to pursue your own personal interests and achieve more goals. You can travel more or even pursue higher degrees before deciding to have children. If you have a bucket list, start checking things off now.
7. More Likely to be in Your Forever Home
When it comes to raising your family, living in your forever home means greater stability for your children’s education. You’ll have a set school district and won’t have to worry about switching schools or finding a home in another district that meets your standards.
8. Studies Point to Longevity
There have been a few studies that suggest that having children later into the thirties could lead to a longer life. The Journal of the North American Menopause Society1 found that women who gave birth beyond the age of 33 were twice as likely to live to age 95.
9. Benefits for the Children
Speaking of studies, it turns out that research suggests2 there are many benefits for the children as well. Kids who were born to parents who decided to wait a little longer to have them had a higher likelihood of earning higher degrees. In addition, they also tend to perform better on standardized tests. And as they grow, these children also become better communicators.
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- Sun, Fangui, Paula Sebastiani, Nicole Schupf, Harold Bae, Stacey Anderson, Avery McIntosh, Haley Abel, Irma Elo, and Thomas Perls. “Extended Maternal Age at Birth of Last Child and Women’s Longevity in the Long Life Family Study.” The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. Accessed June 20, 2019. https://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Citation/2015/01000/Extended_maternal_age_at_birth_of_last_child_and.7.aspx.
- Barclay, Kieron, and Mikko Myrskylä. “Advanced Maternal Age and Offspring Outcomes: Reproductive Aging and Counterbalancing Period Trends.” Wiley Online Library. April 8, 2016. Accessed June 20, 2019. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1728-4457.2016.00105.x.