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.
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!