Post # 1
1. Not sure if this post is in the right place.
2. Not sure if this has already been posted.
So let me know
I know the ideal age to have children is very peronsal and we have a wide age range of bees here, but I’m curious everyone’s thoughts on the following Gallup poll:
If you don’t want to read the whole thing here is the intro:
PRINCETON, NJ — In light of the importance that child rearing has on gender roles in society and, ultimately, on families, workplaces, and the economy, Gallup recently asked Americans what they think is the ideal age for men and women to start having children. The majority, 58%, say 25 or younger is ideal for women, whereas the majority think men should start having children at 26 or older. Still, the average perceived ideal age for each gender to have children differs only slightly: 25 for women and 27 for men.
Post # 3
@ceemarie7: I am shocked that so many people said UNDER 25 was the ideal age.
Post # 4
- 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.
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@ceemarie7: Whoops I missed the mark. 🙂
Post # 6
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
If that is the ideal age to have children, what in the world is the ideal age for marriage?
Post # 8
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
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
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 # 12
@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 # 13
@peachacid: Only 30%?!? This is why I love weddingbee. It makes me realize the seriously messed up, skewed view of the world I have.
“Hi, I’m Cee and I live in a bubble.”
Post # 14
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
I read this yesterday and I was so surpised! We will be waiting until at least 30!
Post # 16
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.