For years, it seemed like men held all the cards when it came to parenthood. While women in the mid-thirties hear the deafening roar of their biological clock, the men they dated could afford to say, 'Nah, I'm not ready yet,' believing that they had until their seventies (ugh!) before nature called time on their capability to be a father.
Now, for the first time, a new study of 33,000 has linked older fathers to children with reduced cognitive abilities. Children born to 20-year-old men scored on average three points higher in IQ tests than children whose fathers were 50-years-old when they were born. And older men are more likely to have children with congenital heart defects, autism, schizophrenia and childhood cancers.
So men now face the same choices and sacrifices that women do. What do you think? Is it a positive thing that men and women are now known to be in the same boat? Are the days of the male 'kidult', who puts off adult decisions like parenthood for as long as possible, numbered? [Guardian]
- Anna Hart