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Michael Douglas on being an old dad

Michael Douglas doesn't think there's anything wrong with having children later in life.

The legendary actor may be close to 70 years of age, but he's hands on raising youngest children Dylan, 13, and 11-year-old Carys with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Revealing the life lessons he's learned, Michael says that being an older dad is nothing to fear.

"Being an older dad has benefits. I don't know many parents my age who've got kids this age. I don't say you have to go to my extreme, but there's nothing wrong with guys having kids in their 50s," Michael told People magazine.

"In the early stages [of one's life], ambition rules. Having children takes a lot of time to do properly, and I think sometimes people spread themselves too thin."

Michael was also open when it came to eldest son Cameron, who he has with ex-wife Diandra Luker.

Cameron, 35, is currently in prison serving time for drug dealing and possession. Michael urged any parents facing similar issues to tackle them early on.

"If you suspect your kids need help, take action immediately. If you're talking about drug issues, you do whatever you can before they turn 18. Whatever it takes. Don't hesitate.

"After they turn 18, you have no control anymore. However difficult it might be, if it looks to be a real issue, then you almost have to go for overkill," Michael sighed.

He also had some advice for everyone about their parents. Michael is close to both his dad Kirk Douglas and mother Diana Dill, and although he doesn't live close by, the Oscar winning actor always makes the effort to see them.

"Treasure the time you have with your parents. Enjoy them while you can," he enthused. "You never want to look back and say, 'I wish I'd...' We live cross-country and it can be hard to get out here, but I'm conscious of touching base as much as I can.

"They're not demanding; I'm sure a lot of people have demanding older family members whom they've got mixed feelings about. But enjoy them while you can."

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