Is it worse to be an older mom, or a less-educated one?

11:04 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Is it worse to be an older mom, or a less-educated one?

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A few days ago a much buzzed about article predicted American society might collapse because more older women and men are having kids. Kids of older parents are at more risk of health and behavior problems. But mom's over 40 only make up 3 percent of parents. This article, complete with amazing charts, breaks down the statistics behind mom's ages and kids risks. Statistically, age is just a number, but poverty and a mom's lack of education, that's the stuff that matters.
The problem of income inequality often gets forgotten in conversations about biological clocks. The dilemma that couples face as they consider having children at older ages is worth dwelling on, and I wouldn't take that away from Judith Shulevitz's essay in the New Republic, "How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society," which has sparked commentary from Katie Roiphe, Hanna Rosin, Ross Douthat, and , among many others.