Being An Older Dad: 52-Year-Old Vincent Cassel Has A Baby Daughter, But What Are The Challenges He Might Face?
May 14, 2019 16:53 By Mambee
The choices we make as human beings are part of what makes life interesting. For instance, at a time when some people are becoming grandfathers, others are becoming fathers. But are there disadvantages in situations like this?
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Vincent Cassel's new baby
French actor Vincent Cassel became a dad for the third time. In 2019, the 52-year-old welcomed his daughter, Amazonie, with his 22-year-old wife, Tina Kunakey.
Cassel shared this happy news on his Instagram page, which he captioned "Amazonie est née' which is French for "Amazonie is born".
Congratulations are in order for the happy couple.
Are there drawbacks to being an older dad?
When the topic of having kids at an older age comes up, the concerns revolve around women and their biological clock in the majority of cases. However, it's important to know that there are some health-related issues to consider for an older dad, too.
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Dr. Brian A. Levine, who spoke to NBC, explained that even though male humans are known to make sperm from puberty to death at the same rate, some sperm parameters might change as they reach their 50s.
Dr. Paul Turek, who also talked to the media outlet, listed some of the risks that come with being a dad over 40. Some of them include an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects.
Now, before you go assuming that older dads are doomed, Turek also mentioned a very significant upside. Being an older dad makes you more likely to live longer. So, there's no need to be afraid of being a father in your 50s.
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While sharing his experience with Fatherly, one dad, Corey Levitan, who had his first child at the age of 46 also shared some pros and cons. The dad, who was 52 at the time of writing his story, said that one of the best things about being an older dad was that it made him feel young. Running around chasing his daughter and spending time with her made him active and excited.
He also felt like being a dad in his 50s made him a better parent:
I’m more emotionally up for the task, less likely to sweat the small stuff.
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Of course, there are some physical downsides to getting older, such as not having as much energy or dealing with health-related problems. And then there's the fear that he might be gone by the time his daughter turns 30. But Levitan said he was glad about his choices. And he was more focused on spending quality time with his daughter rather than the quantity.
While age is a factor to consider, it isn't the only thing that determines whether or not a person will make a good parent. Like Levitan pointed out, it's all about the quality of the bond and the happy childhood you create for your kids. The good news is that this can be done, no matter how old a person is.