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Graham Norton: I was going to become a dad, but I’ve left it too late now

  • Helge Vladimir Tiller

    But dear Graham Norton. You are a father to us all, bringing joy and humour, smiles and laughter into our every day lives. Who could wish for a better father than that- Greetings from Norway !

    • gutaitas

      I am a bit too old to be his son haha. I wish my father was one tenth as funny as Graham is though.

  • GulliverUK

    He’s 50. I really don’t think he’s too old to adopt or foster, and so many young people could benefit from that. A child doesn’t need to be biologically related to gain love and support and a safe place.

    Come on Graham, you might feel you can do without the nappy changing, but think about all those who need a place to grow, and that’s something you could do really well.

    • Colin

      For me it is about security for the young person. What if I die in the next 10 years. They need continuity and support. If I had a partner I’d do it in a minute. It’s about them not me.

  • Christopher in Canada

    I think most of us were raised by parents about 20-25 years older than ourselves, so being a father at an age where in our experience it’s more unto being a grandfather, I can relate. I was asked in my 20’s to donate to a lesbian couple and also a str8 gal, but each situation did not want me to be a present father, and I thought that this kid would never know his grandparents or cousins or uncles…

  • Colin

    I have just had a fantastic week with my sisters 4 and 2 yo’s. She is a late mum. I looked after them on my own. I cannot express enough the fun and joy, the giggles and sniggers we had. Open the back door and the little one laugh’s and runs outside and quickly under the table so you cannot get hold of him. And on a very hot Saturday we went to the park and onto the beach. The older one started to complain. I found myself kicking off my shoes and walking into the water falling backwards fully clothed. Both boys instantly laughed and copied me. We had lunch on the beach soaking and walked home. Reading stories, bath time, and watching the two yo struggle and give in to sleep, breakfast were all incredible fun.

    Sadly I have left it too late as well. I am 50 and think a young person at 25 still needs their parents. If I had a younger partner I would have a child in a minute. I am lucky however I have a neighbour with a 4 year old girl. I am certainly her servant and she known it. Kids keep you young. Cluck cluck

    • Helge Vladimir Tiller

      LOVELY !

  • Charles

    Maybe not too old, but might need to sort out drinking habit, before getting a sprog.

  • Steve_R

    Graham, you might think that, I have also thought that! but at 50 your on the border line it’s still possible! my father is 86 that means you could have equally as long a life and 36 years with your kids. age is a number these days. It’s better to say the least if you have a partner… I wouldn’t go it alone at 50. You can’t look at age as when and if you should have kids. logic says young, but every day we see kids who from their birth never knew their parents or in their early teens and twenties lost a parent. Even when born when their parents were 20’s or 30’s .

    I can’t present many examples, but look at Elton John and David Furnish. Look at how kids have enriched their lives. look at the legacy their children will have in memories and experiences. they haven’t been robbed of any thing any generation has provided for their children. If in 10 – 20 years or so they lose even one parent they won’t be the first. life will go on and the kids will have memories. If a child loses a parent at any age chances are that the older the parent the better provided for the child will be. Life is a gamble at any age but saying what you are at 50 your limiting yourself! 55 I am agreeing it is questionable… When children look back, it’s not always the quantity of time but the quality of the time spent and shared together that is remembered.

  • AutumnLovesGreen

    I think there is a difference between “I was going to become a dad […]”, and “I did consider becoming a dad at one time […]”; but I just read his autobiography, and I can only say that to consider having kids would merely fill his loneliness compared to all those who have them.

    He may bring a us ‘joy and humour’ when he is on TV, but he is not always on TV — in which case, he is obviously feeling something none of us see.

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