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Is there a discrepency between the average age of becoming a parent, men versus women?

Asked by La_chica_gomela (12488 points ) October 7th, 2009

I’ve noticed quite a number of my female friends/acquaintances starting to have children, but almost none of my male friends have any yet. I don’t know a single father under thirty. Is this a real trend in the US or is it just my acquaintances?

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YARNLADY's avatar

According to the latest statistics in the US, the average age of first time fathers is about 26 and a half.

kevbo's avatar

Yes, men become parents about two years after the child’s birth.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@kevbo for mine it’s about two years late then ;) He just now realizes he actually needs to parent ;)

Beta_Orionis's avatar

@kevbo not the good ones…

casheroo's avatar

Hmm, I think it’s just your personal experience because in my experience quite a few ladies have children, and the men are older but not by much. My husband was 24 when our first was born, and will be turning 27 right before our next.
I think I just tend to notice the younger parents, since I’m one.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@YARNLADY: Can you give us a link to “the latest statistics in the US” Also since you’re privy to these late statistics, do you happen to know the average age of first time mothers?

YARNLADY's avatar

@La_chica_gomela correction: that should read 25.6, not 26½

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@YARNLADY: Actually, according to your article, that number doesn’t refer to an average man, it only refers to men who were married at the time of the birth of their first child. It’s a really interesting article, but it doesn’t seem to answer the question at all. I couldn’t find anything in it that mentioned average age of becoming a mother.

YARNLADY's avatar

@La_chica_gomela I didn’t notice that part. So you are asking about all fathers, married or not? Interesting questions, by the way.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Haha, well yes. All fathers.

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