It's not all bad news when it comes to having children later in life, says our new favorite study.

By Melissa Willets
March 24, 2017
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I am a soon-to-be fourth-time mom at age 38. So I was quite happy to learn about a study published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology that says older moms are basically awesome.

Okay, what the researchers actually found is that older moms are more likely to have more patience with their kids, and that in turn, the children are less likely to have emotional, behavioral, and social issues.

There's no doubt that the older I get, the less the little things bother me when it comes to my kids. It's a matter of perspective, and knowing that this too shall pass. For instance, my third-grader isn't always going to sing about farting. All the time. So why let it make me so crazy?

When I was younger, however, I'll admit I tended to react to a lot more of what my kids did. Now, my approach to parenting is much more about picking my battles. And I'm glad how I parent may benefit my kids' well-being.

Indeed, as study author Dion Sommer said in a press release,"We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, are more tolerant of other people, and thrive better emotionally themselves. This style of parenting can thereby contribute to a positive psychosocial environment which affects the children's upbringing."

For the study, researchers looked at 5,000 moms and their kiddos in Denmark. They assessed the children at the ages of 7, 11, and 15, and found the older the moms were, the fewer behavioral problems their kids exhibitied at ages 7 and 11. The same did not hold true for the 15-year-olds, though. Teenagers!

Of course, the age of a mom is only one factor that determines how she parents. But it's nice to hear a potential benefit of being an older mom when typically, we just hear about everything that, well, sucks when you have a baby later in life.

What's your take?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.


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