Bad poll. OP must have come from a country where most of the people get married at certain age (eg arranged marriage). He works for Intel so the chance is over 60% :) OP assumed average age is 29.
It might be better to scope down to ask certain group of people (eg country) or age range should be more wider. The poll was designed with assumption most of people will marry at certain age and have the kid accordingly. I am not sure if OP even lives in US or he must have never gotten out of his social and work circle (eg all of his colleagues could be from the same country).
Also, gender will definitely play a role since all the stars show men are older when the first kid was born.
I’m actually a white women from Texas ha! I’ve only seen my friends in Texas have kids before 27 and my friends in the Bay Area have kids over 30. I was curious because my parents are starting to pressure us to have kids.
Oh then apologies my friend. As a parent myself who postponed having a baby for 5 years after marriage, I regret I didn’t start earlier. It depends on people though.
I always loved teaching younger ones or seeing the growth of something. That translates well to raising kids. My wife is not like that and I knew it. She spends not as much energy and effort as I would do if I were her.
I basically spend almost all my time on work or raising kids while my wife tries to play as much as possible when there is time. For example, I used to be the one who makes the baby and kid go to bed or feed then when they wake up so my wife can enjoy throughout the night. I was sleeping only 5 hours a day and my wife was sleeping 8 hours. So something to think about whether you are the person who loves and how about your spouse.
I want to have two more kids but we are too old. After kids, it is a totally different world. If you think you will love raising kids, definitely start early as possible.
That is some really good food for thought. I have always loved the idea of kids but never been around them that much. My husband is such a sweet and loving care-giver-type person and would love to be a stay at home dad. I make the higher TC and in a LCOL area we can afford that just fine. We’re shooting for our late twenties (28 or 29), I’m just a little scared of the process to be honest. Like you said it changes everything.