During this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout, we tackle a question countless women have asked: What is the best age to start a family?
According to a recent Gallup Poll, most women have their first child at 25. That's a reality I can't imagine since I was occasionally eating cereal for dinner at that point in my life. It's hard to know exactly when you're ready to take that plunge into parenthood, but your age should definitely factor into the decision. Some of your favorite writers from The Stir debate whether it's better to be a young mom or an older one. Check out their take on the controversial issue:
Most women say it's impossible to define what it means to be ready. Though there are some pretty strong opinions about how it affects your life and what it requires of any woman.
Some interesting issues came up during this discussion. Does a younger woman have the life experience or patience needed to take care of a newborn? Do older moms have the energy to keep up with little kids? Then there are the questions about career. If you have children too early, you may never get your career off the ground. But if you wait until you've reached CEO status, you may have problems conceiving -- an issue many women are now facing.
Bottom line is, there is no easy answer. There are pros and cons to both sides of this coin. What do you think about the discussion? Is there an ideal age to start having kids? When did you have your first?