A couple of days ago, Mouse_Spouse said, “When I’m 50, our daughter will be 16.”
“You make that sound like a bad thing.”
“I just wanted to start a family earlier.”
“How early? My mother turns 50 this month and I’m 30.”
Is there an age consider best to start a family?
My thoughts: I think that culture plays a large factor in this. My extended family is in the Southern U.S. and they are all very religious (Methodist on Mother’s side, Mormon on Father’s.) Cousins marry in their late teens or early twenties, and children closely follow. From what my brother (father at 17, skipped the marriage bit) has told me, everyone thought that I wouldn’t have kids – I was too old.
On the other hand, when I worked in academic research, having a child at 30 is generally considered “to young.”
What are your thoughts?