I started a series called "Why I Love Being an Early Mama" about 6 months ago, to list some of the benefits of choosing this earlier-than-the-norm path. We all know the drawbacks — drilled in from a society that says our young relationships will never last, and that we'll never accomplish anything.
I wanted to create a series of reasons to help young pregnant women feel excited rather than stressed. For new young moms to feel confident rather than ashamed. For all of us to be inspired by the positive, rather than weighed down by the negative.
I'll continue to update as the ideas come to me (and please feel free to share yours!), but here are the first 20 reasons to love being a 20-something mom:
Reason #1: 10 more years with my children
Reason #2: More energy
Reason #3: No ticking biological clock
Reason #4: More time with grandparents
Reason #5: An early empty nest
Reason #6: Less lifestyle adjustment
Reason #7: More babies!
Reason #8: A resilient body
Reason #9: Fertility
Reason #10: Less pregnancy complications
Reason #11: Grandchildren
Reason #12: Sharing accomplishments
Reason #13: Refocused goals; refueled ambition
Reason #14: The youth culture advantage
Reason #15: Your kids (ultimately) prefer it
Reason #16: Always "the young one"
Reason #17: Life through their eyes
Reason #18: Non-sexy Halloween (+ more exciting holidays)
Reason #19: Always the expert
Reason #20: Better paths