What's the Ideal Age to Have Kids?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
What's the Ideal Age to Have Kids?
Tue, 11-12-2013 - 11:22am

What’s the ideal age to become a parent for the first time? It turns out many people believe women should start sporting pregnant bellies fairly young, while men should wait a bit longer to become dads, according to a new survey.

The majority of Americans, 58 percent, believe the ideal age for women to start having children is 25 or younger, while the majority, 52 percent, said men should start having children at 26 or older, a recent Gallup poll found.

The average perceived ideal age for each gender to have children differs only slightly: 25 for women and 27 for men, Gallup found. Some 5,100 U.S. adults took part in the survey.


Interesting statistics.  If you were to answer the question, what would you say?  What's the ideal age to have children? 

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 11-12-2013 - 6:32pm

The ideal age to have children is when you want them (and old enough to support them.)

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 5:31am
What witch_power said. Stupid poll, I hope people are looking at others things besides just the right "age" to bear a child.



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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 12:42pm

There is no ideal age to have children. You are never rich enough, secure enough, mature enough, stable enough, or far enough along in your career when they come along. Even if you think you are, you are never really ready. So my advice to my children is: 1) get married first and 2) then have kids while you're still young enough to have the energy to raise them. I have no idea if they'll take my advice....