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Older Parents

A Letter to Janet -- Scratch That, A Letter to Wissam

Toni Williams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Parents
Toni Williams

If you haven't already heard, the infamous Jackson clan has revealed that a new cute, cuddly, and probably musically-inclined baby will make it's debut later this year. Janet Jackson has announced that she is pregnant. This baby will be the first for Janet and her husband of four years, Wissam Al Mana.

Listening to An Aging Parent

Susan Fishman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Fifty
Susan Fishman

Sometimes I think when we exchange those little glances and giggles about our dear old loved ones -- even when they show us glimpses of brilliance -- the joke is really on us. Maybe when we reach the age of "old," in between the crazy babbling and the far-off stares, we know exactly what we're doing, and what we're teaching.

What It's Like To Grow Up With Older Parents

Bustle | Posted 02.24.2016 | Fifty

While I've learned to appreciate my parent's age and the stability and wiseness that comes with it, I'm still envious of my friends. They don't have to worry about rushing to start their future so that their parents can be a part of it.

5 Ways A Baby Has Changed This 50-Something Father's Life

James Baxley | Posted 02.14.2017 | Fifty
James Baxley

The little things I took for granted, the things which I didn't really give much thought to, and the basic things in life now were amplified. They were now important and took precedent in my life.

Carolyn Gregoire

Autism Risk Tied To Parental Age -- But It's Complicated | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science

A large new international study suggests the link between parental age and autism risk is more complicated than we knew. While previous research ha...

'My Teenage Daughter Has Become A Cat'

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.06.2016 | Fifty
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Being older parents has its benefits, which is that we get love, affection and snuggles from our children well into our 50s while everyone else we know is packing their kids off to college. However no one warned me that when my daughter turned 13 she'd become a cat.

The 5 Best Things About Being An Older Mother

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty

Here at Huff/Post50, we're fully aware that plenty of great things can happen late in the game -- everything from falling in love, to reinventing your...

When Are You Too Old To Be A New Parent?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For years, I have stared down anyone who dared suggest that I was too old to parent. My husband and I went into adoption with our eyes wide open. The German woman, though? Yeah, she gives me pause. Never being too old to love a child isn't the same as never being too old to parent one.

Saving a Neighborhood With Birdhouses

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Dan Szczesny

That house brought together my father and mother's families. As a child, my parents brought me back there so often that even now, the thought of that old house triggers in me the smell of my grandfather's old workshop or the feel of the old rusty fence that ran behind the chicken coop.

In Defense Of The Older Parent

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Dan Szczesny

I'm not a young man. I have 20 years of experience, education and hard knocks behind me. I paid my dues and now my kids will benefit because I'll be able to spend more time with them, instead of hitting the salt mines every day to make ends meet.

5 Things To Do If You Are Having A Baby And Over 40

LearnVest | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents

While being an older parent has it perks -- like being more settled in your career and life, in general -- it also poses unique challenges, especially when it comes to money.

Appreciating The Faces of Love

Deborah Shouse | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Shouse

Some months ago, Oprah had author, visionary and cultural mid-wife Jean Houston on her TV show. "What do you wish people knew?" Oprah asked Jean. "I wish people knew how powerful love is," Jean answered.

The Meanest Thing Your Kid Could Ever Say To You

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

It seemed like an ordinary night. There were no harbingers of doom -- a murder of black crows on the telephone wires outside, a vanity mirror broken jaggedly down its center. No, all was as it usually was.

How To Live A Life That Really Matters

Paul Singer | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Paul Singer

As I look at myself today, I see a man with different priorities than I had as a young parent. The things that I once thought mattered, no longer matter to me, as my materialistic desires seem to have faded away... except that I want the best, state-of-the-art golf clubs. My priorities have changed significantly.

What My Son Has Taught Me in the First 100 Days

Robert Manni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Robert Manni

Last week, strapping on a baby carrier for the first time, I toted my little guy around the city and thought about all the things he's taught me during his short life.

My 40th Birthday Wish: A Baby

Kim Lute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Lute

Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting curlicues imitating sperm (a nod to the party's missing guest) and mini quiches (because it only makes sense to pay homage to "eggs" at a sperm donor fete) rounded out a menu for guests who helped my cousin choose a father, err... a donor.

How A Blissfully Bored Forever-Married Couple Learned To Hold Hands Again

Candy Schulman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

It's impossible to explain the evolution of a long-term marriage to an 18-year-old. I once vowed to never turn into the marriage of my parents. And I remember the shock when my mother told me, 'Your father and I still make love.' She was in her seventies.

5 Questions Everyone With Aging Parents Needs To Ask

Justine Vogel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty
Justine Vogel

We're not getting any younger -- neither are our parents. The older we get, the more we grow concerned about how old they're getting, and with that comes worry about 'what to do with mom and dad.'

What Time's Article on Older Dads Did Not Report

Len Filppu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Parents
Len Filppu

You see, being a dad in midlife is not about superficial externals such as dying one's hair or getting a facelift to pass as a younger man. It's an inside job. It's about accepting the unique realities and learning to accentuate the many attributes mature men bring to the table.

Fishes -- and Other Things

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

A week later she telephoned me and rather sheepishly admitted that, much to her surprise and contrary to what she had been taught, "fishes" was the correct plural of "fish" when referring to different kinds or species of fish. Her seeing the light pleased me. But then I made a mistake.

Why Cooking For My Dad Was The Best Thing I Could Have Done

Colin Berry | Posted 06.02.2013 | Fifty
Colin Berry

Dad turned 85 last March. I'd been trying to get back to Colorado to see him, but I didn't make the time until summer, after his heart had landed him briefly in the hospital. He'd gotten out okay, but my sister said he was 15 pounds underweight; she was worried about him.

Older Fathers More Likely To Have Autistic Grandchildren

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty

* Study shows autism risks may build up over generations * Scientists think gene mutations in sperm may be a factor * Au...

I Am NOT Too Old To Parent

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Here's what Judith Shulevitz's article failed to mention: Kids don't come with a warranty and every parent better be prepared for some breakage along the way.

I'm Having A...

Steve Hutensky | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Steve Hutensky

We make plans and life takes it's own path. In the end, I'd say the big lesson for me has been about trust -- trust that things happen when they're meant to happen; trust that we're being taken care of by a higher source; trust when our intent is grounded in love.

Mother Over 50 Cover Wins Award

Posted 05.07.2012 | Fifty

It was an image and story that would stand out on any newsstand: a naked woman of a certain age -- with a sleek silver haircut and her fair share of w...