Having kids and raising them is a huge responsibility. That’s why before deciding to have one, there are a lot of factors to be considered. For someone in their twenties or early thirties who still do not have kids, that uncomfortable question of why you still don’t have one is hanging in the air. And if you are anywhere younger than that, you may have been asked why you had kids at such a young age. But how young is really too young to have one?
According to sociologist John Mirowsky, the late teens or early twenties are the best age to have kids because the reproductive system is at its peak. The chances of having miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, infertility and stillbirth is still low and at that age, chronic health problems are least likely to have developed. Although biologically it is ideal, unfortunately, it is not the only factor there is to be considered.
The person’s maturity also plays an important role. Because raising another human being is such a huge responsibility, you have to gauge how prepare you are or how mature you are to be able to handle a responsibility as big as this. It could take a toll on women as young as 17 or 18. There is a possibility that they could get overwhelmed and they wouldn’t be able to cope.
Another thing is the financial standing. This baby will have her own needs – clothes, vaccination, doctor’s fees, diapers and milk (if you choose not to breastfeed). You have to be ready for all of these. And these babies grow and will soon go to school.
The decision to have kids is not a question of how young or old you are. It’s not the age. It’s a combination of a lot of things. You have to ask yourself if you are physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially ready for it.