Ideal Age to Have Children – Gallup Poll

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Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@ceemarie7:  I am shocked that so many people said UNDER 25 was the ideal age.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I think the “ideal age” concept is ridiculous in and of itself. What a stupid question for a Gallup poll. I mean, surely there are more pressing things in this world to research.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
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I’m kind of surprised that ‘under 25’ is ideal, too. Do they expect these women to be marrying older/better established men or something?

I would have loved to be a young mom, but at 22, I can honestly say I’m not ready- not emotionally, and DEFINITELY not financially.

If finances permitted (which they won’t) I think I’d have liked to have a kid around 24-25, but being realistic, we probably won’t be able to afford it until I’m at least 26-28.

I don’t think it’s ideal to create children that you can’t afford.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

If that is the ideal age to have children, what in the world is the ideal age for marriage?

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow, that is interesting.  I am 31 and wondering if I’m ready to have a kid, lol.  Before I was 25 it would have been a bad idea– I would have grown into it emotionally, but financially it would have been a disaster.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
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25 or younger? I’m pretty sure there are a large amount of bees on this website that get crap from family, friends, and strangers over marrying before 25…now this survey says they should be shooting out kids before then?

I’d be interested to see who they actually polled for this survey, I read the demographics note but it didn’t seem clear enough to me.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Biologically, it’s best to start having children in one’s twenties. Whether you get pregnant in your late or early twenties doesn’t really matter when it comes to fertility; the difference is negligible. Getting pregnant before 35 years of age is advised. It is similar for men. 

I think this makes perfect sense, and it’s what I go by. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

*facepalm*

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@cora_123:  I was wondering that, too.  Only 30% of Americans have BAs or more, and people with more education generally have children later.  So, if 70% don’t have that kind of education, it’s likely that many people polled only have a high school degree, and would therefore see having children earlier as better.  Does that make sense?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

FI and I are both 25 at the moment. 

I am finishing up my last year of grad school, and he is finishing up his undergrad degree. 

Having kids now would be a huge mistake as we have no money. 

We’ll definitely be waiting at least 2 years.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I read this yesterday and I was so surpised! We will be waiting until at least 30!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m pretty surprised by that.  I figured it would be 25-30.  My ideal age was not until 30!  I had NO desire to be a “young mom.”  I am 29 and still feel really young (that is until I’m around someone that is 21 lol).  Probably because my mother didn’t have me until 30/31 and she had no problems.  It’s not too surprising when you think about things like what   @peachacid:  suggested.

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