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April 20, 2009

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Shallow thought of the day: with so many people postponing fertility until their late 30s/early 40s, will there be a greater generation gap than before? After all, someone in their 60s has a rather different POV on teenage issues and had different experiences than, say, someone in their 40s.

Thought crossed my mind as I dropped off Avrora this morning: she'll be 18 when I am 49.

Dude. On my wife's current schedule, our first born will turn 18 when I'm fifty-eight. I'll have teenage children when I'm in my sixties.

Better hope I avoid knee injuries.

I try to avoid bigfooting, but... well, there it is: the baby will turn 18 when I'm 62.

Generation gap: it's entirely possible. Claudia's mother had her at 21; Claudia had our daughter at 41. It's just going to be different.

There are trade-offs. You get tired more easily, but on the other hand you're more patient (I think).


Doug M.

Bigfooting?

Maybe not. People are generally healthier to a later age, now. Retirement age used to mean that you probably needed to.

Will, the suggestion of a "greater generation gap" sort of assumes that the parents of the future are, due to their age, more likely to bury their head in the sand and pay less attention to those teenage issues. I have difficulties believing that.

I'd argue the opposite. The parents of the future are likely to be better aware of those teenage issues, precisely because they've had their children at a later age.

Consider the difference: back in the day, people would have their children on their 20s, shove them out of the nest on their 40s, and then spend the rest of their life as grumpy old grandparents mumbling about how the youth of today is so screwed-up.

Whereas these days, our hypothetical people have a lively, young single lifestyle still on their 30s. Since they have children at a later age, they are also likely to remain, by necessity, more responsive to the issues of their offsprings still in their 60s.

Besides, there are other advantages to skipping one generation. My mother was born before the War, you know? She had me at the age of 37. Because of this gap, we have lots in common, the most important thing being that we both loathe the baby-boomer generation between us! Yay!


Cheers,

J. J.

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