Being An Older Father Helps Your Kids, Until It Hurts them

Fellas, there’s this brand-new study about fatherhood with equal parts good news & bad…

This one comes from my Alma Mater, Northwestern University, sounding something like those pill commercials where the good news is portrayed by beautiful people running beautifully across beautiful meadows, while the bad news is shared by off-camera speed-readers listing the side effects. Ahh, you’ve seen them….

Anthropologist Dan Eisenberg tells Time.com: “The children from older fathers inherit a genetic boost that will help them live a long life. This happens across at least two generations…”

That’s the good news. But come on now, you don’t expect the professor to stop there. In science you hedge your bets. It comes from the built-in skepticism of all those centuries of pre-scientific absolutism. He adds: “But while older fathers do offer a longevity advantage, previous research has shown they’re also more likely to father children with a genetic predisposition to autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder…”

Say what…?

Eisenberg not only sounds like my own on-the-other-handing doc, there’s a distinct touch of politician to him. Like when they tell us all the greatness we can expect from them, while leaving enough room for error you can shove an 18-wheeler through it.

Lets face it. Fathers or not, we can’t skip through a dangerous world believing just what we most want to believe. But gee on the other hand,  don’t you miss those summer nights when you fell asleep in the backseat of dad’s car, waking up to find yourself all tucked into your own bed…?

 

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