The New Parenting Trend: "Older Dads"

So here's your Double Jeopardy question for the day: "What do Donald Trump, Warren Beaty, David Letterman, Larry King, Paul McCartney and Kevin Costner all have in common?" (Hint: They share the commonality with a growing number of men. And no, it's not just that they are all male, wealthy and in the entertainment business).

Give up? They are all fathered children in their 50s, 60s or 70s, and that makes them all part of a new trend in parenting.

There are a number of reasons contributing to the rise of "older fathers" including delaying marriage, a high divorce rate (and remarrying), older men marrying younger women and a longer life-expectancy.

But what is interesting is that new research also finds that older men make better fathers! Here is just a few advantages researchers have uncovered: Older dads are mellower (hmmm), more involved with their kids, partake in more of the day to day child-rearing (this will make every mom with little ones cringe) and are more nurturing than their counterparts (that would be younger dads). But they are also more financially secure, have done all the career-climbing they want to do, and so they are taking their fathering role very seriously. In short, the majority of them also seem to be plain overjoyed to be fathers.

I'll be sharing more advantages and disadvantages of "older fathering" this Wednesday, June 4 at 8:20 am on the Today Show.

So what's your thoughts? What impact do you think an older dad has in fathering a younger child? What about the little issue called "Mortality" and perhaps not living to see your child grow up? Should that be factor into the decision to have a child at an older age? There are lots of things to think about.

I loved reading the research on this topic. I'll share more ideas and findings with you, but meanwhile I hope you tune in tomorrow morning to the Today show.

Michele's latest book is 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids.



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