Phil Dee on Daddying
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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.
Dee, Phil, "Phil Dee on Daddying" (2004). Science Careers. ADVANCE Library Collection. Paper 97.