AboutSix weeks before my 40th birthday, I became a first-time father. This life-changing moment made me think about my own dad, who became a father at 44. As my parenthood journey unfolded, I noticed that most of my friends had become parents earlier in life yet, here I was, changing diapers and battling sleep deprivation at (nearly) 40. I told my wife, “Parenting is definitely a young man’s game.” But is it really?
Where most of my friends were preparing for their children’s middle and high school graduations, I was mastering the art of the swaddle, perfecting the one-hand baby wipe, and learning to decipher my daughter’s gurgles and whimpers. It occurred to me that I had so much more to offer my daughter at the sure-footed age of 40 than I did at, say, 28, when I was still coming into my own.
In this awareness, I gained an appreciation for where I am in life and the idea for Fatherhood@Forty was born. Fatherhood@Forty is a creative outlet to blog about my experiences and inspire other (relatively) late-in-life dads. It’s been said that each child is their own assignment and I believe each parent’s journey is its own destination.
Here are a few factoids about me, Johnathon Briggs, the editor behind this blog:
- I am a former journalist (Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune).
- I live in the western suburb of Naperville, but love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
- I am thankful for my “dad bod” and remain on a constant quest to stay fit through charity 5Ks, weight training, and intermittent fasting.
- I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
- I enjoy reading comic books and binge-watching House of Cards.
- I am a child of the ‘80s, so please expect references on occasion to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
As a reporter for daily newspapers, I had the opportunity to interview fascinating people and to test out great products and brands for my readers. I hope to do the same for you as I blog about the moments that make up this thing called fatherhood.
Please email me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post: firstname.lastname@example.org.