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Women should start having kids by 25, Americans say in poll

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Women should start having kids by 25, Americans say in poll 

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What’s the ideal age to become a parent for the first time? It turns out many people believe women should start sporting pregnant bellies fairly young, while men should wait a bit longer to become dads, according to a new survey.

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The majority of Americans, 58 percent, believe the ideal age for women to start having children is 25 or younger, while the majority, 52 percent, said men should start having children at 26 or older, a recent Gallup poll found.

The average perceived ideal age for each gender to have children differs only slightly: 25 for women and 27 for men, Gallup found. Some 5,100 U.S. adults took part in the survey.

Gallup acknowledged “tension between biology and societal norms” in the results, noting young women may have the best odds of conceiving a healthy child but that rushing to become a parent “doesn't square with modern Western sensibilities about pursuing higher education and career goals, finding the perfect partner, or simply relishing the experience of young adulthood.”

Gallup also found "significant differences by education and race" in the poll. The proportion of respondents saying the ideal time for a woman to have her first child by age 25 was greater among blacks and Hispanics than among whites.

Meanwhile, Americans with higher levels of education were more likely than those with little or no college to believe women should wait until age 26 or older to have children.

What do you think is the ideal age to start a family? Let us know on the TODAY Moms Facebook page.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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I don't think there is a magical age to have children.

It depends on the individuals having that child.
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FlowerGirl777
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

i read the more complex the society, the longer adolescence is. i think 25 is really young. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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25 is Young?

I'm almost 28 and I don't feel "young" at all LOL!


Quoting FlowerGirl777:

i read the more complex the society, the longer adolescence is. i think 25 is really young. 

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FlowerGirl777
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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I am not saying my age and yes, 25 seems crazy young to me. 

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

25 is Young?

I'm almost 28 and I don't feel "young" at all LOL!


Quoting FlowerGirl777:

i read the more complex the society, the longer adolescence is. i think 25 is really young. 



Mommabearbergh
by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I don't think twenty five is young. I think people should have a baby when they feel its a good time for them but do think women forty five plus should not have kids. I feel like they won't live to see their kids get married. That's just my personal feelings on it. Twenties and thirties I think is a good time to have kids.
Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
At 25 I had 3 children and we were done having kids :-)

We planned it that way though.
We wanted to be done having our children by the time my husband was 30 (which made me 27).


Quoting FlowerGirl777:


I am not saying my age and yes, 25 seems crazy young to me. 


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

25 is Young?



I'm almost 28 and I don't feel "young" at all LOL!




Quoting FlowerGirl777:

i read the more complex the society, the longer adolescence is. i think 25 is really young. 




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smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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I waited until I was 29 to have my first child. I was barely 18 when I started dating my husband so we had a lot of time to work out the kinks before we had children. We were also able to be financially settled. I can't imagine having the stress of kids, a new marriage and financial worries all at once. 

beesbad
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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I started at 28 which was the ideal age for me. I had my second at 32 and adopted at 42. If things had gone according to my master plan I would have had 3 biological children at ages 28, 30 and 32.

My mom had me at 20 (she turned 20 the month before I was born), her second at 22, and her third at 26. She always said she wished she had waited longer. She also would have had more children but she had health problems after her third pregnancy.

Physically, our 20's is when our bodies are best suited for bearing children, I believe 24 is when we reach our peak fertility. But so much more goes into the decision and each woman needs to make that decision for herself.

caito
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Pfffttt, I've already been a mom for 5 years. I had my daughter when I was 20. There's no magic age to have kids. I don't feel 25 is young at all.

stormy0142
by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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I wasn't ready at 25 nor was I ready at 32. I don't regret having kids in my late 30s. I know it was the best decision for me. At 25, I was busy focusing on my career.
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