The New York Times had quite an article on the age families have children and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
It goes like this: many people put off having children until after they pursue a college education and start their careers. Then they can afford to give their children every advantage from private schools to violin lessons. Then their kids are more likely to aspire to college and the cycle continues.
It manifests in our politics:
The law professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn described in a 2010 book how red and blue families were living different lives. The biggest differentiating factor, they said, was the age that mothers had children. Young mothers are more likely to be conservative and religious, to value traditional gender roles and to reject abortion. Older mothers tend to be liberal, and to split breadwinning and caregiving responsibilities more equally with men, they found.
Is there an optimum age to have kids or does it totally depend on whether you seek college?