Next time someone talks to you about your “biological clock ticking,” you can tell them about this new study from Denmark that finds there are actually benefits to being an older mom. Turns out, having kids post 30-something has some major social and behavioral advantages for you and your kid.
Researchers reviewed surveys taken by more than 4,700 Danish moms when their kids were seven, 11, and 15. And they found the older the moms were, the fewer emotional and behavioral issues the children had at seven and 11. Older mamas were also less likely to physically discipline their kids at these ages.
"We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, are more tolerant of other people, and thrive better emotionally themselves," study author Dion Sommer explains in a press release. "This style of parenting can thereby contribute to a positive psychosocial environment which affects the children's upbringing."
- The study also shows that older mothers were happier during and just after their pregnancies, had more stable relationships, and they were better off financially. So maturity has its upsides - waiting to be a mom until you feel ready is a good thing for you and your kids, and don’t let anyone tell you any different.