- Any older dads?!
Older? I was expecting you to be in your 50’s!
I’m 35 and have three kids, never feel like I am too old.
FWIW, of all of my school mates, I am the only one who has any kids. Not sure what the national average ag is for first time Dads but 37 sounds fine!
You will make it through. Its no big deal, just a complete change of life.Posted 6 years agoampthillSubscriber
Second child mid 30s for me. My eldest got their gcse results today and I’m 47.But you are really not that old. Best mate became a dad at 48. I have worked with 2 dads who have retired while they had kids in primary school.
It’ll be great. All these things have pros and cons but older parents have experience. presumably you have some basics sorted: house, partner job etc?
PS I was terrified of parent hood but I’ve loved itPosted 6 years agomrblobbyMember
40 now, Blobby Jr is 18 months and the next one due Feb.
Reckon I’ve aged more in the first year of Blobby Jr’s life than I did in the previous ten years!
Edit: … oh and yes, congratulations! Despite the hard work and tiredness… it is the best thing ever… well it is once you get past the first 12 months 😉Posted 6 years agonachoMember
47 here, kids are 5 and 6, it’s great! I had a whale of a time in my younger days when some were having kids, wasn’t a particular choice to have them late, just happened that way. It is demanding as you don’t ahve the same energy as in your 20’s but I think it will help keep me younger and fitter as I want to experience things with them as they grow, riding bikes, kayaking, etc.Posted 6 years agoJake25Subscriber
I am 38 and am trying to cope with being a new father, never thought of myself as being an older Dad though. My wife is 29, just for reference.
Tiny is now 3 weeks old. There is defiantly a lack of sleep going on but I think it is worse for my wife. We are both getting between 4-5 hours at night, sleeping in shifts, but I have to wake her for feeds where as I get to sleep through. I am back at work now after taking the first 2 weeks off as a holiday. My wife is still on Maternity Leave and is trying to nap through the day but it is not easy.
We have a Boxer dog and 2 cats but they just ignore us most of the time. Our Boxer has a sniff at Tiny now and then but that is all, she is a very submissive dog though.
Best advice I can give is to do as much as is possible for your partner, be that house hold chores, cooking, changing nappies or whatever. Buy ready meals, they make life much easier in the short term. Give yourself time and try and be patient as possible. Above all else make sure not to loose touch with each other. Hug when possible and make the most of whatever time you have with each other.
I won’t lie, this will change your life. In the first few weeks though the only thing that matters is the baby, the wife and you in that order. There will be time for everything else later on.
All that said though I still think it is the best thing we have done. 🙂Posted 6 years agojambalayaMember
37 isn’t an old Dad. Whether you’ll “survive” depends on you.
Congratulations it’s the best thing in the world, at times infuriating, exhausting, painful but the good parts more than make up for it
I had my first at 25, she’s getting married in a couple of weeks. There is no formula or norm. It’s all good.Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
As far as I can make out it’s actually an advantage, although as a stay at home dad of 40, with two pre-school boys I find myself flagging occasionally.. Working Dads don’t have a clue..Posted 6 years ago
It’ll be a piece of piss really though, just remember to love them and then love them some moretonydMember
I was 38 when the first arrived, 39 when the second arrived! You’re not old but you will feel it 🙂 The only real disadvantage I can see is that you suffer more with lack of sleep when you’re older (well, I seem to). I also sometimes feel a bit gutted when I realise I’ll be approaching my 60s by the time they’re hitting 20s but such is life.
My sister had hers when she was young (first at 17) so I can see arguments for having them young and old, but that’s irrelevant really. Enjoy him/her as much as possible, that’s the main thing.
And congratulations!Posted 6 years agoinstant hitMember
I am 50 (wife is quite a bit younger) with a 7 and 5 year old. Think i have more patience and am a better dad than i would have been in my twenties.Posted 6 years ago
Means i get to go to theme parks, make sandcastles, and be a child currently both learning to body board so having to join them at that too.
The only downside is they come to the LBS with me and always remind me “daddy no more bikes”.
I’m 37. Not exactly over the hill but on my way up it I’d say.
People have kids later these days. I’m 35, with a two year old and another on the way. I’m probably one of the younger dads at the nursery.
Anyway, we’re poor, tired but mostly very, very happy. You’ll have a blast.Posted 6 years ago
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