Hav­ing An­other Child

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

Oh do you have kids? How old? If the an­swer’s 24, 22 and three, then age panic’s top prize has al­ready been taken. Se­cond-round fa­ther­hood. Ev­ery­one’s do­ing it. Ron­nie Wood, 68, is an­tic­i­pat­ing the ar­rival of twins. Alec Bald­win, 57, is on to his se­cond batch of ba­bies and Ge­orge Lu­cas just went again at 71. By com­par­i­son, hav­ing an­other kid in the for­ties is noth­ing. Or hav­ing your first for that mat­ter (hail Hugh Grant, four-time over-50 in­sem­i­na­tor). Late fa­ther­hood in any form is the busi­ness. There’s more time, more wis­dom with which to bore them shit­less, and enough money to pay some­one else to take care of the te­dious bits. If, on the other hand, your chil­dren are nearly grown and the lady-love’s un­will­ing to go again, use th­ese years to con­nect in a whole new way. Es­pe­cially if, like so many fa­thers, you were AWOL for their en­tire child­hood be­cause of work, now’s the time to make those years back – via lazy brunches, North­ern hemi­sphere ski sea­sons or buy­ing flats, de­pend­ing on how ab­sent you were. Dad’s treat.

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