Better physical condition. Young kids require carrying, chasing, and lifting. These are just a few of the exercises of a parent. It's easier to keep up when one is younger.
Multitasking. Keeping track of a young child can be mentally challenging. When I was younger, it seemed I could do many more things at the same time.
Social network. Parents of your child's friends and classmates are about the same age. So it's easier to find parents with common interests and experiences.
More financially secure. In my twenties, I had a student loan, a car loan and had purchased my first house. Although I was saving money, it always seemed that any extra expense was challenging. As an older parent, it seems less of a financial hardship to have a child.
More easy going. I worry less about things getting broken, items on the floor, book pages getting torn or things getting lost. Stuff happens :-) I also realize my daughter is her own person, with her own interests, and that she could (will likely:-) be very different than me.
Greater interest in our child. In my twenties, I was very focused on me - my job, my activities, and my friends. As an older parent, I have tremendous interest in and fun with what my daughter likes to do.
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