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Ideas for an awesome birthday present for soon-to-be new dad

Mr Robin's birthday is coming up, and I'd love to get him something really nifty this time around. I don't really have a knack for selecting gifts - I do okay and occasionally nail it. I'd like to really nail it this time! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 29, 2014 - 9 answers

A special book for a special dad.

We are expecting our first child and I am an excited and joyful father to be. I would like a book or a pair of books on pregnancy and child rearing with special conditions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2014 - 10 answers

My dad has terminal lung disease. Please help me come to terms with it.

I just found out my dad has pulmonary fibrosis. He and I are both too young to deal with this. Help? [more inside]
posted by quincunx on Apr 24, 2014 - 26 answers

My dad the penny pincher

My dad's birthday is coming up. He is a special scone. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Apr 10, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I get to know my parents as people?

After seeing and reading about the death of parents, one of the biggest regrets seems to be not knowing them better. I have a cordial but distance relationship from my parents and while I don't ever see us being BFFs, I would like to know them better as people and their life. How do I do this, considering I live 6 states away? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 26, 2014 - 21 answers

Advice on Adopting a Father

I want to adopt a dad (see extended explanation on why). I'm thinking maybe even a nice gay male couple, a two for one deal! This does not need to be a formal adoption - I have plenty of "parents" (2 moms) - I'm just looking for someone who doesn't have any children (hence thinking about an older gay couple) who might want to "adopt" a kid because they've got some extra love lying around (and maybe some really adorable dogs) and I don't have a relationship with my dad. I would like some advice. 1) Where should I look? 2) What are things I need to consider? 3) How would you go about doing this? 4) Any other thoughts or observations? I'm just sort of tossing this idea around and thinking I'd get some data points from you all. [more inside]
posted by Jericha on Feb 14, 2014 - 34 answers

Feminist basics for dads?

I'd like to get some recommendations on the basics of feminism, especially as it might relate to things a dad can do to help his daughters prepare for and deal with sexism in society and also do his part in understanding the world and making it a better place for women (and by extension all people). [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Dec 21, 2013 - 29 answers

Best leather men's belt for under $100?

I need suggestions for a durable leather men's belt under $100. My dad is one of those difficult to shop for people because he buys what he needs or wants himself. Last night, he mentioned that he did need a new belt. He also said that he had already replaced his belt once this year, but they always seemed to crack & need replacing often. He wears a separate belt to work, so this would just be for time off. [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Dec 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Interesting and Tasty Liqueur Under $25

What would be the most interesting, attractive, and tasty liqueur I could buy or make my father as a Christmas present? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Dec 1, 2013 - 32 answers

Not sure how to tell my dad I want to join the army.

My dad paid for 200k worth of schooling for me, i got a BA in Economics from a good school, went on to do some independent film production, quit my job with my boss 6 months ago, finally saw the last film I helped produce premiere at TIFF, and I've been re-evaluating what I want to do with my life. (Currently 24.5 years old.) I want to join the Army and become a Ranger, like my uncle (who my dad despises) but I don't know how to go about telling my dad. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Sep 18, 2013 - 48 answers

Friend's Dad is Dying of Emphysema...

My friend's dad is dying of emphysema. I'm not sure what stage he's in. I don't think he's ready to die yet, but he's not in good shape at all... [more inside]
posted by ifranzen on Sep 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Dad being a friend, not a father figure.

Am I a bad son for feeling this way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 21 answers

Last minute gift for dad

My dad is turning 60 on Saturday. Yay, good for him! I left it way too late this year and I have no ideas - he is very tough to shop for. My price range is $40-80, lower is better (could swing up to $100 if I really thought he'd like it). [more inside]
posted by firei on Sep 4, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I support a loved one with cancer, from far away?

My dad was just diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma. The prognosis is good. He begins chemotherapy (R-CHOP) in a week - 6 cycles every 3 weeks, for a total of 18 weeks. I am a 7 1/2 hour drive away, and I don't own a car. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Jul 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Boligrafo Connoisseurs - Help me find the perfect pen!

I want to buy my dad a nice pen (preferably the Parker brand), but googling and amazoning around has only made me more confused about what pen to get. [more inside]
posted by nondescript on Mar 22, 2013 - 9 answers

NYC for a Not-Cool-Anymore Dad and His Daughter

Really excited to bring my daughter to NYC for her first time next weekend. I haven't been for a few years and never with one of my kids (she's 15) so this trip poses some new challenges. I want her to have a blast, as I have every time I've been there, so I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions. Oh, and we get along great and she's awesome and I love her! [more inside]
posted by chococat on Mar 14, 2013 - 34 answers

Father's groups in Philadelphia

I'm looking for father's groups in Philadelphia. I have a pre-K child. I'm more interested in a hang-out-and-chat sort of group. University City or Center City would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 2 answers

How to help a parent cope with the loss of a spouse?

I lost my dear dad unexpectedly Sunday after a series of illnesses. My mom, luckily, is still with us. They were together 54 years and my mom was only 17 when they met. The most important thing to my dad was my mom's well-being and I feel it is now my duty to look after her to the best of my ability. I have no idea how to help her cope with the loss of my father. I want to be there for her as much as possible, but I don't want to smother her. Does anyone have any advice?
posted by entropicamericana on Nov 23, 2012 - 18 answers

please give advice on how to react to something

My dad was just incredibly rude to me. again. Please help me sort through my feelings, possible responses, and the wisest course of action. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Nov 8, 2012 - 38 answers

How to cut ties with an emotionally abusive father?

My relationship with my emotionally abusive, BPD father has been strained lately; now, after realizing the extent to which his actions was causing me undue stress, I have cut off contact with him completely. But not having a father figure in my life is causing me stress as well. How do I deal with the pain of cutting my father out of my life? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Gift ideas?

My dad is turning 60 - any great gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Oct 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Vitamins for dad-to-be? Prenatal pops' supplements?

What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Jun 29, 2012 - 13 answers

I've wondered where home is. It's when I was in Indianapolis when I was nine years old. Had a dog, a cat, a brother, a sister.

Inspired by this thread, from which I got Dan Mangan's Basket, and Chocolate Genius' My Mom. I'm composing a playlist as a mediation on my parents, and I wondered what other songs others thought of when they thought of Mom and Dad.
posted by oflinkey on May 26, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I communicate better with my dad?

I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Movies with proud fathers?

Can you recommend movies where the primary theme is a son or daughter realizing that their father is proud of them?
posted by roaring beast on Mar 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me explain to my dad why it is not a double standard that white people can't say the "N-word".

Help me explain to my dad why it is not a double standard that white people can't say the "N-word". [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Feb 1, 2012 - 57 answers

Movies involving sad dads?

I'm looking for movies in which the main character is a divorced father. [more inside]
posted by Ratio on Jan 25, 2012 - 40 answers

Some people are just hard to buy for

What should I get my 81-year-old father for his birthday? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on Jan 21, 2012 - 28 answers

How can I help my father learn to use his computer?

My dad is 95% computer illiterate and is constantly frustrated by his inability to use his computer. What resources (books, programs, videos, etc.) can you recommend that will help improve his experience? [more inside]
posted by EKStickland on Dec 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Which ipad & apps should we give Pops?

Which ipad and apps for an easily bored father with few interests? [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

What is the simplest Netflix-ready set-top device?

Apple TV or Roku for my technology-shy father? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 18, 2011 - 25 answers

How to Keep a Non-Custodial Parent out of the Financial Aid Process Legally?

One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Ugly Divorce

How does an adult child deal with the divorce of their parents? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Aug 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Gift for pops.

Birthday gift for dad to turn his focus to other non-work parts of his life? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Daddy Punk

There's a lot of punk songs about dad. Is there any about being a dad?
posted by jasonspaceman on Jun 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Two dads have weekly lunches. Lately, we've wondered if we should do a project together during that time. Any ideas?

What's a good joint project between two 45-year-old dads who get together once a week for a 90-minute lunch (we're long-term friends)? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on May 12, 2011 - 30 answers

My Dad Needs a Better Son or Daughter

There will soon be a death in my family. I'm worried this one's going to be especially hard and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Apr 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Should I be the bad cop?

Is good cop -- bad cop a bad idea as a parenting tactic? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Feb 15, 2011 - 29 answers

The Crazy Dad Routine

"I believe in my .45, my shovel and the fact that nobody will ever miss you." — the dad in Clueless to the boyfriend. I'm looking for things to say to my daughters would-be suitors to make them to believe that I might just be crazy enough to deliver them a serious beat-down should they disrespect or treat my daughter poorly. Any other scenes in movies or books that I can reference for my "crazy dad" routine?
posted by pmaxwell on Dec 2, 2010 - 97 answers

No dad, I really don't want to pull your ear hair.

How can I tell my dad there are certain things I don't want to do for him without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Oct 18, 2010 - 27 answers

I want my husband to go away.

I want to find some kind of retreat for my husband. Something over a long weekend up to a week would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes on Sep 20, 2010 - 27 answers

Who's Leia's Daddy?

Who's Princess Leia's "father"? (Alleged father, not actual father.) [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Shut up and let me go?

Do I let my dad back in my life? He was basically absent for my entire childhood, and often I feel at peace with excising him from my adulthood life as well. However, he'll email me on occasion and I feel this terrible pang, a worry that I'll regret not knowing him when it's too late to make amends. If you were in a similar situation, what did you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me make up Mothers Day!

Help me give my wife a great mother's day present. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Jun 14, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm not buying him socks!

Help me come up with a fantastic birthday present for my father! [more inside]
posted by gumtree on May 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Life Advisor: A lawyer for my grownup answers (similar to a Dad for my childhood answers)

Is it possible to find a good "renaissance man/jack of all trades" Legal adviser for my real-world questions/grown-up decision making? [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on May 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Stuck in a rut, because of relationship with parents.

In a tough spot with my parents. Trying to find life direction while living at home with two parents that HATE each other to the core. Advice if you've been in a similar situation, please. [more inside]
posted by Dubs on Mar 14, 2010 - 28 answers

Dad, please stop beating a dead horse.

I am a paralegal. No matter what I say, my father continually reminds me that if I went to law school I would have a better job, make more money, etc. If I say anything remotely intelligent, he automatically responds, "See, you should go to law school." Please help me make him understand that I don't want to go back to school, and his nonstop pestering only makes me feel stupid and inadequate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 54 answers

What do I do with my Dad?

What I do with a manipulative, probably child molester Dad? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick on Jan 5, 2010 - 12 answers

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What's a good "Mom & Dad are in town and want to take us to dinner" restaurant in Manhattan, preferably by Union Square? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 30, 2009 - 24 answers

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