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How Old Is Too Old for Motherhood?

By June 4, 2008 - 12:15pm
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So, I saw this article today about a 70-year-old mother who is caring for a 3-year-old child. I think it's great as long as she's made provisions in the event of her passing. I can understand why this isn't a popular view. How does someone who may be dealing with his or her own health issues adjust to the rigors of parenting? But doesn't a 70-year-old have a lifetime of experiences and knowledge she can pass along to her child?

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I'm one of those who think this situation isn't good for the child. While the 70-something mom might have experience and wisdom to impart, she does not have longevity. A child needs her parent at critical times in her life, and that mom is likely not to be around. That would leave a hole in the child's life that just can't be filled completely by another. I find this prospect very sad.

I knew someone who was raised by an elderly parent and, while he expressed the love of a son, he admitted resentment about not being able to do the things "normal" kids do growing up with their parents, people mistaking his father for his grandfather, and losing his father in his teens.

While there are probably exactly opposite, happier examples, I would still want to be at my daughter's wedding, not anticipating my daughter burying me. Morbid thought, I know; but, that's how I feel about this story.

June 4, 2008 - 5:14pm


I'd be so sad if I never got to know my mom because she was too old when I was born.

One of the wonderful things about my relationship with my mom is not only knowing her as a mom, but as a friend. That's one of the beautiful things about aging and maturing.

I was the shoulder she cried on when her 2nd marriage ended. I know her much more deeply because she was younger when she had me. And that friendship is priceless. I can only wish that for everyone.

And just between you and me, my mom has made me the man I am. If she was older, and maybe not around, I would be half the person I am.


June 4, 2008 - 1:30pm
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