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Do older men make better dads?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, July 01, 2008 | 0 comments

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Part of a growing trend: John Preston with Joseph and AmeliaDespite the higher risk of baby fathered by an older man having autism or Down's Syndrome, older fathers may well be better for their offspring than their younger counterparts.

'What's it like, then?" people have been asking me a lot recently, usually with a peculiar lop-sided grin on their faces. "What's what like?" I reply, staring at them as blankly as possible.

A look of mild embarrassment comes over all but the thickest skinned of them, and they drop their voices down to a tactful mumble. "Well, you know… being an older dad."

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