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10 Things That Are Great About Being The ‘Old’ Mom

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10 Things That Are Great About Being The  Old  Mom shutterstock 194382638 1401987699 142 196 167 223 jpgLife is surreal sometimes. You blink your eyes and all of sudden you are in your late thirties¬†pregnant with your first child. Older moms may have a hard time coping with the fact that there may be decades separating them from the other moms in playgroup. I’ve come to realize that being an older mom is pretty great though. After a few years at it – I can confidently say I like being the “old mom.”

There are some benefits to age – no matter what our culture tries to tell you.

1. You realize the baby hasn’t really destroyed your body – everyone’s boobs sag eventually.

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Gravity is real. This is a fact that doesn’t truly hit you until you are older. The baby didn’t do it. And you don’t care, anyway.

2. You don’t feel like you’re missing out.

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There’s really nothing exciting going on at that bar tonight – you know because you spent a full decade not missing a night out.

3. Everyone thinks you know what you’re doing.

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With age comes wisdom, right? You probably don’t know what the hell is going on with your young child, but everyone assumes you have an older one somewhere and you’re an old pro.

4. You deal with a lot less bullshit as you get older. It’s just a fact.

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Maybe it’s just me, but the older I get, the less fucks I have to give. Are you judging me? Do you think I’m a horrible parent or a Sanctimommy? Whatev.

5. You take less for granted.

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You start to realize how fast the world goes by when you have almost four decades behind you.

6. You’re smarter.

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I’m not saying comparatively – I know a lot of smart young moms. I’m saying YOU are smarter. You get smarter as you get older, it’s just what happens. You have more experiences under your belt.

7. Your family is nice and small.

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When you don’t have a baby until much later in life, you’re less likely to catch the “more babies!” bug. There just probably isn’t time for more babies. If you start in your late thirties you’ll probably max-out at two.

8. You’re probably more financially secure.

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I’m not, but you might be. Ha.

9. Kids keep you young.

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It’s true. You need to drum up the energy to run around the park, make sidewalk murals and exist on very little sleep. Kids keep you on your toes.

10. You have more patience.

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By the time you reach your mid thirties you’ve probably dealt with so much crap in general that your patience has been cultivated and less bothers you.

(photo: Dubova/ Shutterstock)

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