Title

Phil Dee on Daddying

Authors

Phil Dee

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Science Careers

Publisher

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Abstract

Parents of young children are typically viewed by childless adults as sad individuals who can only talk about stuff that is as predictable as it is boring. I certainly used to think that way. But when I came to have a child myself, I was hit by the feeling that everything I thought I knew before was wrong. It's as if I suddenly realised for the first time something of what life is really all about. This sense of being grounded in reality has a very maturing effect, one that I'm sure has had a positive impact on the kind of scientist I am. Certainly, becoming a parent has given me something in common with many more senior scientists--which is useful for making small talk.

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