Finally - news that makes us feel better about our ticking biological clocks! A new study reports that older women make better mothers. Which makes perfect sense. Because frankly, if you are, like some people we know, baby-minded but still quick to complain that your new jeans got wet in the rain or, even worse, have spent the past gajillion years obsessing over your princess wedding but giving zero thought to, you know, how you want to raise a child, waiting to have a baby seems like a good idea. And not surprisingly, women who wait to have children feel better about walking away from their careers to become a parent. And for the next five minutes, we promise to not freak out about our own fertility. [Times of India]

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DISCUSSION

Wait, did you all actually read the studies? The claim of "better parenting" is based solely on

those three factors: more money, married, and willing to walk away from their jobs!

Beyond a certain threshhold, I've seen scant evidence in my life that more money => better parenting. In fact, my experiences in expensive private school would suggest otherwise.

I'd be more willing to stipulate to the advantages of marriage, but it's entirely likely that comparing long-term relationship to not would produce the exact same results.

And I really don't see women being willing to abandon their careers as signs of better parenting!

Yet another study that attempts to measure parenting quality by arbitrarily chosen inputs, not by outputs. One could just as easily argue that younger parents are better because they have more energy to devote to their kids.