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The effects and consequences of older parenthood




Cover of the Dec. 2012 issue of The New Republic.
Cover of the Dec. 2012 issue of The New Republic.
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Birth rates in the U.S. have been falling in the midst of the recession, except among one demographic: People over 40.

There is much to be said for starting a family at an older age, parents are more likely to be financially and emotionally prepared to have kids. But there are definitely negative effects as well, and mostly a lot of unknown consequences. 

Judith Shulevitz wrote about these issues for this month's cover story in the New Republic called "How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society: The Scary Consequences Of The Grayest Generation."