The Benefits Of Being An Older Mother

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Not too long ago, the wisdom was that it was better for a mother to listen to her biological clock sooner rather than later. But times have changed. With different advancements happening and many women having healthy children as they get older, shutting those beliefs down, the number of women having children in their late 30s and 40s is higher than ever. More and more women are taking advantage of having more time.

As things change, we’re all finding out more about motherhood than we knew before. And we’ve discovered that there are actually many benefits to being an older mother. From health benefits for mom, to an education jump-start for the kids, here are a few reasons why putting motherhood off until a little later is becoming more of an attractive option for women.

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Kids Born to Older Mothers Are Taller

Have a younger sibling that’s taller than you? That’s because the older a mom is, the taller their children tend to be.

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They Stay in School Longer

And are, statistically at least, more likely to go to college.

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They Start Out With Bigger Vocabularies

Maybe it’s because their parents have had more time to advance their education, or because they pick things up earlier, but children of older mothers tend to have more advanced language skills than their peers.

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They’re Really Into Reading

One study found that, on average, children of older mothers read for pleasure more and have more books in their homes.

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They Hang Out With Mom More

Because many older moms wait until they have the career clout to be able to take time off, they have a little more free time to devote to playing games, doing arts and crafts or generally hanging out with their kids.

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They’re More Laid Back

A woman named Wendy Williams (no relation to the TV personality) told Parenting that she was 44 and her husband was 41 when they had their daughter Kate. According to her, being a mature parent makes you more laid back when it comes to the way you look at parenting: “I believe that as ‘old’ parents, we have brought her into our life, rather than make her the focus of ours.”

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They’re More Likely to Be Stay-at-Home Moms

Landing a job with maternity leave, or having the luxury to take a year off is an advanced career move. Moms that can make it are usually older than average.

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They Live Longer

Women who have children after the age of 33 are twice as likely to live to be 95 or older!

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Moms Have More Expendable Income

Women who have babies after age 30 tend to make more money.

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They’re More Likely to Be in a Stable Relationship

One of the benefits of being older and wiser.

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Their Kids Are Likely to Be Smarter

This study found that kids born to moms in their 30s were more likely to score higher on intelligence tests.

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They Have a More Stable Support Network

Because friends and family are more likely to be settled into their careers and able to lend a hand if necessary.

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They’re Healthier

Mature women make better nutrition decisions, are less likely to smoke and engage in other risky behavior when they’re pregnant.

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People Think They’re Younger

And when is that ever not a perk?

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