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Study Finds New Dads in US Are Older Than Ever

And the shift isn't without its risks

(Newser) - A study published Wednesday in Human Reproduction finds American dads are taking after George Clooney in at least one way—and it's not having superfluous nipples on their shirts . Rather, new fathers in the US are now older than ever. CNN reports the average age of a dad in... More »

Older Dads Have Geekier Sons

Study says mother's age appears to have no effect at all

(Newser) - A new study suggests an upside for boys who have older dads: higher IQs. More specifically, they tend to score higher on what the researchers call the "geek index," reports the Guardian . And this is clearly seen as a positive: "If you look at who does well... More »

Here's Where Working Dads Should—and Shouldn't—Live

The 10 best and worst states to be a dad while holding down a job

(Newser) - Nearly 93% of American men with children under 18 also work. So what are the best states in which to hold down a job while also being a dad? WalletHub looks at 22 "key indicators"—including unemployment rates for dads, male life expectancy, child-care costs, and average workday... More »

Study Finds Dads Play More With Sons

But they're more emotionally open with daughters

(Newser) - Dads play more with sons but are more open about emotions with daughters, according to a new parenting study published last month in Behavioral Neuroscience . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports researchers looked at 52 fathers of toddlers in the Atlanta area, recording their interactions with their children for random 50-second increments... More »

Men Who Smoke Affect Future Kids in Surprising Way

Life-saving drugs may be less effective for them, study suggests

(Newser) - When research began to trickle out 10 years ago suggesting that what we do today can affect the health of our unborn children, it was largely "considered heretical," medical biochemistry professor Dr. Oliver Rando tells the Boston Herald . Not anymore. Habits like cigarette smoking have since been shown... More »

Term of Endearment That Was Big in 1870 Is Back

Anecdotally, some fathers think 'papa' is more hip, cute and feminist than 'dad'

(Newser) - With the name "mama" on the rise in the US, the Daily Beast proposes anecdotal evidence that "papa" is now also in vogue—at least among Brooklyn hipsters with offspring, that is. But will it make its way back across the rest of the country, where it reached... More »

There's Now a Tinder of Sperm Donors

Gone are the days of flipping through binders of donor profiles

(Newser) - Sperm banks are keeping up with the times, and it's driving some people crazy. Back in the old days (say, the dark ages of the 1990s), those on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor had the time-sucking task of flipping through binders of prospective donors to weed out... More »

Ronnie Wood, 68, a New Dad to Twin Girls

Start those baby monitors up for this Rolling Stone

(Newser) - For those wondering how the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood is still among the living, he's not only surviving, he's procreating: He just became a dad to twin girls at the age of 68, CNN reports. Wood and his wife, Sally Humphreys, welcomed Gracie Jane and Alice Rose (sorry,... More »

Joe Biden and Son Talk Fast Cars and Family

'Popular Mechanics' interview offers glimpse into their tight-knit family

(Newser) - Father's Day is still a few weeks away, but that didn't stop Joe Biden and his son Hunter from waxing about father-son relationships and other family-themed topics for Popular Mechanics . The exclusive interview, titled "Things My Father Taught Me," touched on everything from how they bond... More »

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The... More »

There's Science Behind the 'Dad Bod'

First-time fathers gain between 3.3 to 4.4 pounds on average: study

(Newser) - There's science behind the plump dad bod: A new study that tracked the weight of 10,000 males over 20 years from adolescence into their early 30s finds the average 6-foot tall, first-time father gains 4.4 pounds if he lives with his child after birth and about 3.... More »

18-Year-Old Plans to Marry Her Long-Lost Father

Young woman says the two were instantly attracted after a 12-year absence

(Newser) - It's been established that reuniting with long-lost relatives can and does result in "Genetic Sexual Attraction," a term coined in the 1980s. In fact, some have estimated that elements of sexual attraction occur in as many as half the cases of estranged loved ones who meet as... More »

2 Expectant Dads Die in Freak Plane Crash

The pilot, their father-in-law, also died in the crash

(Newser) - In a time meant for rejoicing—with a 30th wedding anniversary and the births of two babies on the horizon—three women, now widows, are left to pick up the pieces after a freak accident claimed their husbands' lives. Doug Symiczek had planned to take his two sons-in-law, Kyle Parton... More »

Men With Smaller Testicles Likely Better Dads: Study

Researchers attribute it to lower testosterone

(Newser) - Apparently size does matter—a new study out of Emory University suggests one unusual way to predict whether a man will be an involved father: "Men with small testicles are better parents," is the key quote. Chalk it up to lower testosterone. Newsy reports: More »

Do Men Need More Rights on 'Forced Fatherhood'?

Two bloggers disagree on consequences of unplanned pregnancies

(Newser) - With Father's Day near comes a debate about "forced fatherhood." The phrase refers to guys who get turned into fathers against their will through unplanned pregnancies, explains Laurie Shrage in the New York Times . Men in this situation "have few choices," she writes. It's... More »

YouTube's Musical Dads Sign With Sony

'The Piano Guys' are five Mormon fathers

(Newser) - They're five Mormon dads from Utah. They love to do quirky, instrumental covers of pop songs and put them on YouTube. And Sony just signed them, reports USA Today . "This is kind of freaky—miraculous, really," says one of the members of The Piano Guys, who have... More »

New Link to Birth Defects: Dad's Job

Artists, physicists, hairdressers among jobs associated with increased risk

(Newser) - Yet another thing for pregnant women to worry about: Their partner's choice of profession in the months before conception could increase the risk of birth defects in their newborns, finds a new study. Researchers studied more than 14,000 dads who worked in one of 63 job categories from... More »

If Your Dad Is Older, You May Live Longer

Older men provide life-expectancy boost in baby's DNA: study

(Newser) - As men get older, their DNA matures—and when that genetic material is passed on to children, it may mean a longer life for the kids, researchers find. Thus kids with older dads and grandfathers may be "genetically programmed" for higher life expectancies, the BBC reports. It all comes... More »

Man Straps 4 Kids to Hood of Car, Takes Off

Said tying down reportedly occurred in a liquor store parking lot

(Newser) - There are drunk dads who designate their not-yet-10-year-olds as designated drivers ... and then there are men who just strap their kids to the hood and hit the open road. That's exactly what happened last night in Fort Wayne, Indiana, say police, who were alerted by a witness who saw... More »

Introducing: 'Dadchelor Parties'

Expectant dads mark last days of freedom, but not everyone likes the idea

(Newser) - The "dadchelor party"—in which soon-to-be new dads are taken out by the boys for a night of drinking—is officially a trend, declares the Huffington Post . (Other names: daddymoon, dadelor party, man-shower, diaper keg.) "I've been on three or four of them," says... More »

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