Contrary to popular belief, there is no “right” time to have children. The ideal biological time to have a child may not be the most ideal from a social and emotional standpoint.

While there are benefits to being both an older and younger parent, today we’re highlighting some of the perks of having children later in life. We’ve talked about the benefits of being an older mom before, but there are benefits of having kids at an older age for both moms and dads.

Here are some of those benefits:

  • Older fathers have “geekier” kids. Studies show that the children of older fathers have higher IQ levels, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grades, and a stronger ability to focus on their interests.
  • Parents are more emotionally prepared. In another study, parents who had kids when they were younger said having a child in their 30s would have been ideal for parenting. They pointed to the fact that there’s a better chance of having career success, financial security, and a stronger relationship with your partner at an older age.
  • Children with older moms may also be healthier. Children with older moms tend to have fewer accidental injuries, social, and emotional difficulties. They also tend to be further along in their language development.
  • Older moms may have more patience. Studies show that moms who had children later in life are better at setting boundaries, are less likely to harshly punish their children and have a generally more stable parenting experience.

There are also benefits to having children earlier in life. Remember the time that’s ideal for you is always the “right” time to have children!