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My husband and I got married young but put off having kids until we hit our 30s. Like a lot of other couples I know, we assumed that establishing our careers (and hopefully having more money in the bank), maturing and getting (most of) those 3 a.m. parties out of our system meant we'd be better prepared to handle the stresses of having a baby. But a study published by the organization Focus on Workplace Flexibility says that waiting to have kids -- which more parents are doing today -- can actually make things tougher for some.
"Delayed marriage and childbearing heighten the likelihood that the greatest childrearing demands come at the same time that job and career demands are great -- particularly among the well educated," writes Suzanne Bianchi, Ph.D. in her study, an observation of demographic and survey data. "Delayed childbearing also increased the likelihood that one's parents may begin to suffer ill health and need assistance before one's children are fully launched." An ill spouse is another reason Bianchi says stress can build for older parents.
Bianchi's got some points, but I still think that I'm a more patient and selfless mother than I would have been if I'd had my kid earlier in life. Having an apartment that's more than 400 square feet (like we did in our early 20s) helps, too.
Who do you think has more stress -- younger moms or older moms? Chime in below!