I'm not one of those people who believes that just because you can
produce a baby, that you should. Even though people generally still frown upon women for having children late in life, I felt that it wasn't the best choice for that 57 year old great-grandmother
to have twins. AND, since the backlash to feminism and this realization that women, after all these years, need men to be more than sperm donors (i.e. act as participatory partners in the love and nurturing department and be more than just a breadwinner), I don't agree that men should be out populating the world after an age when they know there is a good chance they may not, at least fully coherently , see their child graduate from high school. So, a big yuck to Rod Stewart
for impregnating his girlfriend. I hope she's not still spawning his offspring when he starts needing diapers too!
Rod Stewart, known for songs such as 'Forever Young' and 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' will be a father again.
Stewart and his fiancee, model/photographer Penny Lancaster, confirmed Wednesday that she is pregnant. The baby is due in early December and the couple plan to marry in spring 2006, said a statement from J Records.
The 60-year-old rocker told People magazine that he is 'overjoyed and extremely proud.'
'The best news of all is Penny is feeling just wonderful, is very happy and looks more radiant than ever,' Stewart told the magazine.
Lancaster, 34, and Stewart have been together for nearly six years. He proposed to her in March at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
This will be her first child, their statement said.
Lancaster's agent, Nicholas Young, has said the couple would make wedding plans once Stewart's divorce from model Rachel Hunter is finalized.
Stewart's children include Kimberly, 25, and Sean, 24, by first wife, Alana Stewart; Ruby, 17, with former girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and Renee, 13, and Liam, 10, from his marriage to Hunter.
I can preface my statements by saying that I love children and, because I am not married, do not plan to have any alone - despite technology. But, at 45, I am also lucky enough to say that I still have my mom around to chat with like she is a girlfriend. When Rod Stewart's child is 45, I doubt (s)he will have a 105 year old dad around with whom to chat. If his mistress/fiance' is fine with the fact that her child won't have a dad too far past adulthood, I guess that is okay -- for her. But what about the child? It begs the questions "are parents disposable and un needed after a certain age" and "are dads really needed at all?"
I think that men, and increasingly late breeding women, really need to assess how much value they feel they have as parents. If you think that it's over once your child is 18, breed until the window where you think can offer your love and advice up to that watermark. But if you think, and believe, that your offspring may want to have you around when they
are 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70, think again about that before you want to experience the joy of motherhood or fatherhood. The job lasts longer than you think