When you have designs on becoming a mom later in life, how easy do you think it will be?
Waiting to have a child down the road could pay off for you for a variety of reasons.
So, is motherhood later in your life what you want?
What Are Some Advantages in Having a Child Later?
If looking at being a mom down the road, here are some things to think about and how it may be helpful to wait longer:
1. Being more mature – There is no doubt people mature at different ages. That said you may find that waiting to be a mom later in life will be beneficial to you. You may find you are not emotionally ready to have a child at an earlier point in your life for a variety of reasons. By waiting to your 30’s or even once you are into your 40’s, the maturity level may be different than a decade or so earlier. You may also have picked up some tips on being an older Mom as time passes.
2. Being more established – Don’t gloss over the importance of being able to afford having a child. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average cost of raising a child today in America through their 17th birthday is around $234,000. So, you want to sit down and crunch the numbers before moving forward with getting pregnant. If money is tight and you think it will continue to be for a while, having a child may be something you decide not to do. In the event money is not a big issue to you and you expect that to continue, having a kid could be in the plans for you. If working now, you may decide to further establish your career. That is to a point where you hope to be in a better financial position before having a child.
3. Being a mom already – Do you have any children now? If so, having had the experience or experiences of raising kids can work to your advantage. You will have a better sense of what to expect. That is than being a first-time mom at a later age. Having motherhood in your life already means you know the time and effort that go into raising a child. You have a good sense of those 3 a.m. and related wake-up sessions when your child wants you. You have a good idea of what it is to eat for two for 9 months. Those and other experiences will be in your mind now should you choose to get pregnant later in life.
4. Being supplied with help at home – In the event you wait to be a mom once again later in life, you could have help at home. Having a child or children at home old enough to help you care for your baby can be a wonderful thing. It gets to the point where they almost become another parent around the home. Assuming your partner is there with you, they may be at a point career-wise where they are better able to help you out.
When deciding on having a child later in life, you may find it to be one of the best decisions you ever made.