Did you know that young women are delaying childbirth now more than ever?
While the economy definitely has something to do with it, women are finding that delaying pregnancy and finishing our educations results in higher wages over the long haul. And ultimately, more power when they return to work.
In 2010, births to ...
teens declined 6%
20-24 declined 7%
25-29 declined 4%
30-34 declined 2%
35-39 declined 1 %
40-44 rose 3% for the second yr in a row
I guess this struck me in a moment when I'm noticing so many women my age settling down, buying homes and starting their families. I often find myself questioning, 'should I be doing that?', 'don't I want that now?' and 'how much longer will my proverbial clock be ticking?'
I'm not one to say either way (motherhood or career woman first) is right or wrong, but I guess I find myself stuck smack dab in the middle of that crowd. Do you jump into a new career path right when you might want to settle down? Can you wait until after you begin motherhood to jump feet first into a new endeavor? Or can you do it all at once? (all rhetorical questions)
You can read the entire article by Elizabeth Gregory here at the Los Angeles Times.
Oh what you learn when you actually pick up a newspaper and read it. While I browse online news stories here and there, I find myself just rushing to get on to the next thing and am unlikely to really read an entire article. Does anyone else feel the same way? How do you consume most of your news?
I rely on the occasional online story or the television (local news, Today Show, NBC Nightly News) to get my fix, but there's often more time devoted to browsing or watching for pure entertainment purposes.
Hope your Tuesday was fabulous! It's nice to have a four day week this week. My head is still in a semi-fog of exhaustion.