THE 40-SOMETHING MOM
Being a mom is a blessing at any age. But when you are a 40-something mom, you have a great combination of maturity and energy that makes you enjoy the role of motherhood probably more than at any other age.
Bringing up your kids in your forties
Children are one of the major sources of happiness for any woman, but they also change life as we knew it before we had them.
Young kids are full of energy, demands, and needs that require a mom’s full attention. They don’t come with a manual, so that extra wisdom that we have as a forty-something mom comes very helpful when handling little ones. Especially when you are a working mom!
Remember that time goes by really fast, and before you know, your kids will be teenagers on their way out and you will be wondering if you did enough for them and enough WITH them.
Focus on the responsibilities of giving them a good education and upbringing, but also play with them, give yourself sometime to have fun with them.
Don't be afraid of taking a holiday together with them just because they are little. Don't hesitate to give them the opportunity to learn a new language or an instrument when they ask for it. Kids are like sponges, they learn faster than any adult, and whatever they will learn with joy now, might become a difficult chore for them in the future.
You will have many difficult decisions to take while they are growing, but the only really easy decision is to enjoy them!
Parenting teenagers after forty
As the forty-something mother of a preteen or teenage child, you might have some concerns about who and what your children are exposed to as they grow up.
You might sometimes wonder if your kids will manage to go through their preteen (tween as sometimes called) and adolescent years without mixing up with the wrong crowd, damaging their reputation, and most importantly by forgetting to stay always true the values you have taught them.
Pregnancy in your 40s
While it is a medical fact that the ideal age to have babies is in your twenties, the modern lifestyle of women today pushes us more and more to have children at a later stage.
Many have their second or third kid in their forties, and the number of women that actually have their first baby at this stage is getting higher every year. This does not mean, as in the old times was believed, that the mother and child are undoubtedly at risk.
If you are in your 40s and pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, the best thing to do is to visit your doctor for specialized advice.
You will need to go through certain tests to make sure you and your baby are healthy throughout the pregnancy and your doctor will need to monitor you closely and on regular basis. Fear nothing, as doctors these days have a lot of experience handling pregnancies like yours.