Reason #25: We're Adaptable

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I've been writing about my "Reasons I Love Being a Young Mom" series in various outlets — from Parenting Magazine to Disney —  and one response keeps popping up from younger and older moms alike: We're more adaptable in our 20s.

And it's true, right?

The 20-something years are an incredible time of self-growth and self-discovery — baby or no baby, marriage or no marriage. We're defining our adulthood, our selves. And according to clinical psychologist Meg Jay (who gave that mega-popular TED Talk "30 is not the new 20"), the 20-something decade is the most transformative period of our adult lives.

Her advice?

Forget about having an identity crisis and get some identity capital...Do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that’s an investment in who you might want to be next.
— Meg Jay, "30 is Not the new 20"

And if you think being a mother adds value to who you are — if it's someone you'd like to be — then maybe you're lucky to be integrating that role into your identity now. Maybe it's easier to incorporate parenthood into a lifestyle and mind-state that's currently being molded. We're more flexible to change in our 20s because we're already transforming and defining ourselves.

And the introspective lens of motherhood might be a really helpful way to become the people we want to be.

What do you think?


Note: This series isn't meant to say young motherhood is universally better, but to inject some confidence into the 20-something mom and encourage her to embrace the positives.

See all of the reasons to love being an early mama!