(Closed) How young is too young to have children?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How young is too young to have children?
    18-19 : (111 votes)
    30 %
    20-21 : (101 votes)
    27 %
    22-23 : (54 votes)
    14 %
    24-25 : (22 votes)
    6 %
    26-28 : (0 votes)
    29-32 : (0 votes)
    32-35 : (0 votes)
    Other : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Less than 18 : (83 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    That’s a personal decision. The only thing the other Bees can do for you — is give their opinion.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1556 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Obviously, much depends on the maturity level of the potential parents.  However if they are mentally capable of dealing with parenthood, married, and fully financially self-sufficient, I think that 18 is a good minimum, just so that they are both legally adults themselves.

    Post # 6
    Member
    46331 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think you meant your first choice to be <18   – less than 18.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I honestly think it really depends on the person/situation.

    I was 19 when my daughter was born. It was TOUGH! So much has changed since then, including the way I think.

    Was I too young when I had my daughter? Yes because I was a high school drop out, was in an abusive relationship and had no money.

    With that said, there are 28 year old “adults” who are in that same situation. 

     

    Post # 11
    Member
    2091 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Honestly, I think that once you’re out of high school, if you want to have a baby then go for it.

    Now, are we talking about actively TTC or “oops” babies? Because I’d find it a little odd if an 18 year old was TTC, but I wouldn’t judge.

    Post # 13
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t foreclose the possibility of someone of any age being good parents, if they can support their child. That being said… it seems like in an ideal world you’d be at least 20 so you had a year or two out of your parents’ house to figure out the world before you tried to show someone else the world. But I think its just really personal. Some women could probably be great moms at 18. I’m 26 and I still don’t feel mature enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 14
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    2095 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I had my son at 19 and I was a single parent. I have not had the easiest life but I wouldn’t change a thing regarding having him. On the other foot I have friends who keep waiting for the right time to have a child and they are now in their thirties wondering if it is too late.

    Post # 16
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I think this similar to the questions of “when is too young to marry?”  Imo, there’s no magic number.  Some people are just ready (emotionally, physically, financially, etc…) sooner than others.

    For me, though, having a baby at 25 has been just about perfect.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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