"Most women - 59 per cent - think 29 is the best age to start a family, a survey has found. Women are waiting four years longer to give birth than in 1985. The research found many women felt they were best placed to procreate at 29 as they were secure both financially and in their relationships."(see full story)
I was 21 when my first son was born and I loved being a young mum. I had heaps of energy, could crawl all over the floor and now he is in his 20's I still feel young (and perhaps be a young granny on day)!! However, the downside was we had less money and whilst my friends were traveling overseas, I was at home caring for my bub. But, would I have change it . . . no, my son was far more precious than an overseas trip and I can still travel (God willing) as my children have now grown up. I do have an older husband, so for us, it was important to factor in his age.
Australian Institute of Family Studies research has found many parents wished they had started even younger after having their first child. "Many said they didn't know how fantastic it would be until they had their first child," assistant director of research Ruth Weston said.
I was my mothers last child and born when she was in her mid 30's, so by the time I was a teenagers she was "getting old" - so I thought - and didn't understand teenagers! I sometimes wished I had a younger mother like all my friends. Their mums were trendy, mine wasn't - funny how a child see their mother at times!
Is there a perfect time?