Midlife parents

Starting a family later in life has its challenges-and rewards ...

Andrea Markowitz, Ph.D.

HealthKey.com contributor

April 22, 2010


There are tradeoffs to becoming parents, even when you're young. Here are some pros and cons associated with becoming a midlife parent.

The Benefits of Waiting

Taking time to "find yourself" before starting your family benefits you and your future child. By waiting until after college and establishing your career, you achieve a level of emotional and financial stability that many younger parents won't have. You can take advantage of your freedom to travel and pursue hobbies before becoming a devoted parent. Plus:

According to research:
Disadvantages of Waiting

Your income is reduced due to cutting back on work hours, quitting your job entirely or paying for childcare--but you need to be spending more on the new baby while saving for college and your retirement.
The Big Picture

With today's medical advances, people in their 60s and 70s are healthier and fitter than ever before, and living longer. The best thing parents can do at any age is raise children who feel loved, wanted and appreciated, and are prepared for adult life.

To learn more, see "In Praise of Older Parents" and "Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges". For a teen's perspective go to Teen Issues.