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I'm 46 and my son is 8. That's right, I'm no
spring chicken chasing behind my baby chick. I have many friends who had their
babies at an early age and because I've been bemoaning the challenges of being
an older mom, they've recently helped me see the upside of my situation. At 46, some of my friends' children have left the nest (and left them
wanting). These friends are also becoming grandparents in many cases. But I
made a different choice and that choice is working out. Here's my rundown of
the benefits of being an older mom:
Being an older mom means you're more likely
to have explored the inner workings of your heart and mind. You have an idea of
who you were before you were someone's mother. You've probably spent time doing
things that matter to you and discovered some of the ways you'd like to impact
2. You have valuable life experience
Being an older mom means you've made some
good mistakes, solved some good problems and learned that you will survive no
matter what. You've seen what you're made of and that you're unbreakable. Your
life experience has given you strength and resilience. You will pass your
confidence and faith to your children.
You know the world in which your children will be adults is not the world that exists today.
3. You stay young
There is no denying that children are a
great deal of work and they demand your energy and attention like nothing
else. What is also true is the more energy you expend, the more you have.
Children keep you active, vital and young!
4. You understand the value of time
As an older mom, you understand how quickly
time passes and that your children are growing up before your very eyes. You
take the time to be present and cherish your moments with your children as
5. You care for your health
You know how important it is to be healthy
and vital, so you make smart lifestyle choices that enhance well-being rather
than deplete it. You want to be around for your children as long as possible
and make choices to that end.
6. You're a pro at organizing
Because you value time, you make a point of
organizing your life and the events in your children's lives down to the
smallest denominator. Even rest is scheduled on the calendar.
When you're an older mother, you've seen that
life changes quickly. You know the world in which your children will be adults
is not the world that exists today. With this in mind, you work hard to expose your
children to the many facets of cultures around the world—races, religions and
practices that are different from your own.