With parents getting older and the average new mum now being in her 30’s, times have massively changed.
My parents had me in their early twenties, as did a lot of my friends parents have them in their twenties.
I feel quite conscious when I am with little man that I am now what is classed as a young mum. Picking him up from nursery it is always clear that I am considerably younger than a lot of the other mums collecting their children.
Do they look at me and think that I am too young? That I have thrown away my youth?
Do I look at them and think maybe I should have waited a bit longer, so that I could enjoy being young and free for longer?
But the truth is, being a young mum is great. When he is 18, I will only be 43 and I will be able to get my life back.
I say get my life back…I don’t mean that in a bad way of course. I will still be young enough to have a good career, have a social life and enjoy holidays and weekends away knowing I have a grown up son.
My parents had my brother 11 years after having me so I grew up an only child until I went to secondary school. He is growing up as an only child now as I moved out when he was 6.
My mum was a young mum when she had me, yet 11 years later when having my brother, that was the new average age of having children.
So why should I feel so self conscious about being young and being a mum?
I work full time, we work hard and enjoy spending time with the little man at weekends. We don’t have any help with living over 200 miles away from both sets of our own parents.
I am proud to be 27 and doing it our way, and on our own. It gives me a great sense of achievement. My confidence has grown hugely over the past 2 years when it comes to the little monkey.
I may need to work that bit harder to listen to my motherly instincts as that is something that doesn’t come naturally to me….but as long as I don’t stop trying, I am happy to be seen as a ‘young mum.’
Are you classed as a young mum or did you wait until a bit later in life to have your children?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO