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According To Research, Older Moms Are Better Parents

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Though being a young parent might make you a "cool mom," having a few more years under your belt may be more beneficial for everyone. According to a 2016 study in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, older moms make better parents, turning conventional wisdom on its head.

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Mommie Oldest

The average maternal age has been on the rise in recent years, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. A 2016 Danish study found that being an older mom has big upsides both for mother and child. The study analyzed surveys taken by 4,741 mothers and their children, and checked in on the kids when they were 7, 11, and 15 years old. The research found that older moms were less likely to verbally or physically discipline their kids at 7 and 11 compared to younger moms. When the kids were 15, older moms were more likely to discipline them verbally, but not physically. The study also showed that the 7- and 11-year-olds with older moms had fewer behavioral, social, and emotional problems than children of younger moms.

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The results of the study suggest that the increased emotional stability, tolerance, and mental flexibility that comes along with age makes for a healthier parenting style. Older moms for the win! But "older" isn't the most scientifically specific term, and in this study, it isn't identified. Similar studies, however, consider a mom "older" when she's over age 35.

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Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number

The benefits of being and growing up with an older mom don't end there. There's evidence that kids of older mothers may be more intelligent. If you hope to become a mother, waiting a bit longer to give birth can increase your lifespan and your energy levels too. Take that, ticking biological clock! But, of course, there are risks associated with pregnancy at a later age—higher risk of premature births, children born with deformities, and miscarriages, for example. While those risks are often the first things that come to mind when thinking about parenting at an older age, don't forget about the very real, very positive flipside of that coin.

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