Raised by older parents Advantage or disadvantage?

@ebberts (786)
United States
March 8, 2008 1:47pm CST
I was wondering how many of you may have been raised by older parents, and if so if you thought it was an advantage or a disadvantage. I would also like to hear from everyone else. I myself was raised by older parents. My Mom was 43 and my dad almost 47 at the time of my birth. I feel it was an advantage in more ways than not. They were more settled and knew what they were doing. I also have 2 brothers and 3 sisters my youngest sister married when I was a year old so I was raised an only child, but since they were all married with children of their own when I arrived. I always had children to play with.
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• Canada
8 Mar 08
While my parents were not quite as old as yours they were older than the average. One disadvantage is that I constantly worry that one day they will be gone and I don't feel nearly ready for that. I love them far too much and will be devestated when I lose them. Thankfully they are both in reasonably good health and are not likely to go any time soon.
@ebberts (786)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Thank you for your reply. Try not to worry about how much time you have with them if you do this you can miss out on life. Spend as much quality time with them as you can, no regrets. That is so important. I think about my partents every day. They were really my best friends, for all my life. I lost daddy in 1995 and momma in 1997. They had been married for 64 years. Time with anyone you love is precious. Enjoy.
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• Canada
9 Mar 08
Thanks :) I do try to spend as much time with them as I can. I'm sorry you lost your parents. I am hoping that mine will last another 10 years or so ;) They have been married over 45 years (I can't remember exactly).
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12 Jan 11
Hi i know this post is old but i wonder if you could give me a little insight as to what are the obstacles and effects if any? to having older parents i am attending university and i am doing a presentation on having older parents from a sociological point of view. your input would be greatly appreciated many thanks Michelle x
13 Jan 11
Hello. I did not start this thread, but am in a similar boat as the writer. I have always wondered what effects this upbringing has had on me, with regards to my behaviour and development, I am 19 now and looking back on it, I have to admit that I feel my childhood was alot more 'mellow' in a loose sort of sense, perhaps children mimic their parents, and if those parents happen to be verging on senior... Anyway, I'm very glad to hear of someone carrying out this study, as it has caused me some concern and hope I can help, I will give it a little more thought and get back to you on this thread, otherwise my email is philipkearns1@hotmail.co.uk (my email gets enough junk as it is, so posting it here will make negligible difference)
12 Jan 11
Hi i know this post is old but i wonder if you could give me a little insight as to what are the obstacles and effects if any? to having older parents i am attending university and i am doing a presentation on having older parents from a sociological point of view. your input would be greatly appreciated many thanks Michelle x