Peter Sagal shares his parenting advice as an older dad with young kids

Being present, attentive, loving and supportive will carry you far, according to Peter Sagal.

an adult hand holds an infant's hand

One of the most momentous decisions anyone can make in life is whether to have children. For many, the idea can be nerve-racking. You are responsible for the life of a new person who is learning about the world for the first time, and relying on your guidance to make it.

Notably, a lot of younger people report not wanting to be a parent. Still, some observe that positive parenting can be beneficial for both the child and the parent.

NPR’s Peter Sagal joins guest host Nick Austin on Detroit Today to discuss how he became an older parent, what he has learned and his advice for people navigating parenthood in their own lives.

“When you look back on your child’s young days being an infant — five to 10 years old — what do you want to be able to tell yourself that you did?” — Peter Sagal, NPR

Listen: Peter Sagal on what older dads should know.


Peter Sagal is the host of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! on NPR and the author of “The Incomplete Book of Running” and “The Book of Vice.” He also recently wrote an essay in The Atlantic providing advice to parents from what he knows as an older dad.

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