Someone said :
it started me thinking on what is too young and too old to have a child?
Many valid points were raised.
Here's my honest input on this.
As well as the physical and emotional maturity of the prospective parents in question, they would need to be able to rear the child.
-Will there be support for the young/old mother?
-Will the child be surrounded by positive role models?
-Will the child achieve his or her full potential?
-The traditional 'standard' age of first pregnancy.
Society has a large role to play in this. In countries where polygamy is practised, the average age of the first pregnancy tends to be earlier than where it is not practised. (This is not to say that girls of 13 and 14 do not get pregnant in Western countries. They DO, however, this is beside the point.)
Reasons for this is that the other more experienced women/wives in the family would be more likely to be on hand to offer support and help when needed.
In the western world... it depends on the individual person whether they get support or not. Very often, after the birth, the woman is overwhelmed with support and people come to croon over the baby, then leave, leaving the woman to deal with the infant. In fact, the best time to offer help to the new mother is a month after the baby is born, as all the attention would be gone. Yes, the initial attention would be more likely be on the baby, and not on the mother.
When the child grows up, will he or she be surrounded by loving, positive role models? THAT is the core of the matter.
Too young? Too Old? If you are not emotionally/physically mature enough to give the child the best start in life, or the means to achieve his or her full potential, then you are too young. If you are no longer able to ensure the child achieve his or her full potential, then you are too old.