Change happens, all the time. Every moment things are changing, progressing, evolving. One of life’s biggest changes is having a baby. There is an infinite number of articles that talk about how having a baby will change everything, and for new or soon to be moms that can be daunting. Of course, having a baby changes life, that’s obvious, but that doesn’t have to be seen as a negative, especially for young moms.
I’ve heard and read about how there’s no longer a sex life, how there’s no time for each other, how the baby is taking up all their time. Okay, and those things may be true, but they aren’t forever. We as humans adapt, we adapt to survive. So, yes, during the first few months things are going to be drastically different as one learns a new routine, and adjusts to the sleep deprivation– but it’s not forever. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the changes that are about to happen, and one thing I am trying to focus on is the positives that will come with being a young mom.
The Advantages of Having a Baby Young
Reliving Your Childhood
Being young means you get to relive your childhood with your own kid by playing outside with them, reading them books, going to playgrounds, and just having fun! I know that Jak and I can’t wait until he is able to be outside in the yard playing soccer, or going for hikes! Who wouldn’t want to relive the days where you got to go outside, play, and forget lifes stresses for a bit?
Having Energy Even With Sleep Loss
Being a young mom means that you will have more energy than you would if you were having kids in your thirties. You are not beyond your youth where you’re less physically able to have energy and keep up with your child. Even though you will be missing out on some Z’s, you’re of an age where you are still used to pulling all-nighters for studying.
Knowing Their Grandparents (and possibly Great Grandparents)
Since you’re so young, your child will have more of a chance to know their grandparents, and possibly meet their great-grandparents too! There is more time to build a solid relationship and get to know more than just one generation within the family.
Less Peer Pressure
Most couples don’t have kids at such a young age, there’s no comparisons or competition with making the “right” parenting decisions with friends voicing their opinions since they most likely aren’t parents. You get to really decide what’s best for your family!
You’re the “Go-To” Couple When Your Friends Start Their Families
Your circle of friends eventually will start their own families, and when they do, they will be calling you for advice. Your kid may be six or even ten by the time your friends start their families, and you will know the drill!
Still Young When Kids Leave
If you’ve had kids in your twenties, when they are leaving for college you’ll only be in your 40’s, which is relatively young! You still have many years to go and live life to the fullest and could still be advancing in your career or even starting a business– endless options really!