If you’ve noticed you seem to be the oldest parent in sight when you take your child to the playground, it can make you feel a little guilty. Should you have had your children when you were younger? Is your child going to feel bad someday when people mistake you for his grandmother?
Before you get too carried away with the images of how old you’ll be by the time your baby graduates from high school, check out this list that focuses on the benefits of having your children at an older age.
You Might Be More Settled in Your Career
Many younger women lose opportunities for advancement at work because they aren’t always viewed as being as dedicated to their job when they have children. It’s completely unfair to the hardworking women of the world, but it’s a fact in many industries.
If you wait until your 30s to have your first child, you may have already locked in some promotions.
You May Live Longer
Some studies have shown that women who have a child in their mid-30s or later are more likely to live into their 90s than women who don’t have any children in their 30s.
That’s no guarantee that you’ll make it to that age, of course, but at least it may be one perk to having children later in life.
You May Have More Vacation Time
In many companies, you get extra vacation time for being a long-term employee. If you’re an older mom who has stayed with one company for most of your career, you’ll likely have more vacation time than the younger moms at your workplace will.
That extra week or two per year will come in handy when you’re a parent. In addition to wanting your child to do some traveling, you may need extra vacation time for chaperoning school field trips or spending time with them during their summer breaks.
Money Might Not Be as Tight
Since you’ll have had time to advance in your career, you might not have as many money problems as you would have as a younger mother. You may have had time to save up a sizeable 401k for yourself and enough of a nest egg to get a good start on your child’s college education expenses.
The Power of Perspective
As an older parent, you may have a different and more mature perspective than you would have if you’d had children at a younger age. People tend to mature as they age and they figure out what’s truly important in life.
That maturity may benefit both you and your child.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.