"When faced with first-time fatherhood at the age of 49, I didn't know whether to celebrate with champagne... or hemlock."
--Len Filppu from his book
PRIME TIME DADS: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood
Frankly, I was frightened of becoming a father at age 49. Would I have enough energy? How could I trade my leisurely latte freedom for dirty diapers? Would I live long enough to make a proper go of it? Would younger parents mistake me for grandpa? Would I sit on bleachers at Little League games dozing and drooling and dreaming of Woodstock?Read More
As it’s turned out, those fears proved to be the unfounded, paranoid phantoms of a mind skewed by our society’s irrational rush to celebrate youth over wisdom. What I discovered through midlife fatherhood was a deeper, richer reality lived daily at a profoundly more exciting and satisfying level.
I found out that my 40s and 50s were actually my best time, in fact my prime time, to appreciate and accept my role as a new father. As a mature man in midlife, I have an enormous reservoir of unique skills, talents, and life experiences that can be tapped to help me not just survive but thrive in fatherhood.