BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Although women are usually urged to have children as early in life as possible, a new research performed by Danish scientists suggests that starting a family at older ages can bring a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to children. Thus, older mothers are more likely to raise children with fewer problems.
The research from the University of Aarhus discovered that older mothers are more likely to raise well-adjusted children. This happens because they are more patient and they punish or scold their children significantly less than younger mothers. Thus, they grow up with fewer emotional, social, or behavioral problems.
Older mothers are more understanding
For the study, published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, researchers developed the Danish Longitudinal Survey of Children. They looked at 4,741 mothers and their children were assessed during ages 7, 11, and 15.
The results showed that older mothers admonished their children less often. This was beneficial for them, as they underwent a healthier development and they grew up with less problems regarding their behavior, their social skills, or their emotional status.
A more permissive style of parenting is a better style of parenting
Professor Dion Sommer, one of the scientists that took place in the research, explained that older women are more self-assured when it comes to children.
“We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, are more tolerant of other people and thrive better emotionally themselves. That’s why psychological maturity may explain why older mothers do not scold and physically discipline their children as much.”
Researchers agreed that this might be the optimal style of parenting. If mothers are not so strict and they do not impose a lot of limitations on their children, they provide them with a suitable psycho-social environment which provides a better upbringing and allows children to grow up more fruitfully.
Having a baby later in life is beneficial not only for the baby. The Danish research came only a few months after the American Geriatrics Society discovered that women can boost their brainpower if they have children when they are older. These benefits are believed to be offered by the flood of hormones that come during pregnancy, which are good for the brain.
Older mothers might be frowned upon by society, but their choice to have children later could have been the best both for them and their offspring.
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