to decide on differences i think everything needs to be taken into consideration, i.e; finacial stability, living standards, household income, personal happiness, family situations, and pretty much how the whole "parenting" thing realates to individuals.
i'm a young mummy, i gave birth just months after my 22nd birthday and for the first year of being a mum i was alone. my partner of 5 years left me to "find" himself and to see whether being a dad and starting a family was what he wanted. he was 21. i love being a mum. the minute i found out i was pregnant, fireworks went off!! i was sooo exicted. even though my dreams of travelling the world for 6 months, going to design school, starting a interior decorating company and doing loads more had all come crashing down around me, i was very prepared to put all of that on hold so i could be there for my little baby.
my daughter is 19 months now; her father (after commiting his sins, suffering the consequenses, and realising that FAMILY comes first) has come back to us. he is now being groomed to take over the family business after his parents saw that he was now being responsible for his actions and is a commited father. i have a part time job and am going to start uni next year. we are comfortable (financially), and love spending time with each other and with our daughter. there have been many sacrifices along the way but we have developed a commited, supportive, loving and caring environment for our daughter to live in with the thought that things take time and we can still do all the things we dreamed of when we were younger.
we were not ready at first for this big step in our lives, but parenthood grows on you. i compare myself to my aunty who is 35 and has just given birth to her fourth child, and i think my little family is thriving and so much more organised and better off than hers is now and was way back when she had her first at 21 years old.