Having Another Child
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.