Millennial women are having babies at a slower rate than any previous generation of women in American history. Between the year 2007 and 2012, the rate at which African American women in their 20s had children dropped by 14 percent. The rate at which Caucasian American women in their 20s had children dropped by 11 percent. The rate at which Hispanic American women in their 20s had children dropped by an astounding 26 percent. It seems like making a baby just isn’t on the top of the priority list for millennial women. Is it tragic, or just smart? It’s not like our world is facing an under-population issue. Nor are millennials doing many of the other things that facilitate being parents, like buying homes or getting married. Here are the intelligent reasons millennials aren’t having babies.
They want personal growth
Studies have found your brain continues to develop until you’re around 25. Considering that, having a child before then seems irresponsible. While 23-year-old you may think she wants to be a mother, there’s no telling what 25-year-old you will want and 25-year-old you may be pretty pissed at 23-year-old you for making this life-changing, permanent decision before she was done with her own personal growth. So much for traveling the world or dating around when you have a baby.