There is an emerging brotherhood of men in their 40s, 50s or 60s, according to the Tucson Citizen, who are raising young children. Some of them have adult children and grandchildren as well. They can get the senior discount and the child’s discount at the same place.
Many men in the Baby Boomers generation married young, worked hard and built their careers. Then they got divorced and may have remarried a younger spouse who wanted children.
“These men are doing it the second time around, often with women half their age,” says Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. He calls the phenomenon “serial paternity.” For some this is an opportunity to repeat their child-rearing experiences, and in some cases, to get it right the second time.
The men interviewed said it was worth it, even with sleepless nights and cranky kids. Most have more time, more patience and more financial resources than when they were younger.
Health was a concern. Most of the fathers said they exercise regularly to keep up with their kids.