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BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children

Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Fun activities for a house bound dad?

My poor dad is recovering from an accident, and is stuck in the house during this crazy winter. What are some fun activities to keep him busy while we wait for the snow to melt? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Feb 26, 2014 - 15 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

Holy Fatherhood, Batmam!

Help me find examples of father-child relationships in the Bible. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jan 27, 2014 - 11 answers

How to stop my father's rages (or at least their effect on me)?

Throughout my life, my father has had anger issues, typically directed at me. Although he isn't violent, he will become extremely (almost uncontrollably) angry whenever I do anything 'wrong'. Now that I'm an adult and no longer financially dependent on him, I want to stop this cycle. However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 63 answers

Stranger in a Strange Land

I'm considering confronting my father with the threat of estrangement. What should I know before initiating this kind of "break" with family? (Snowflakes abound, but general guidance helps too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 20 answers

Yeah, you're ill, but you're still being a nightmare...

I posted this question back in May, about my father's strange (and awful) behaviour that seems to be driven by some kind of illness. Things have not improved. Part of me says, "you should be there for him, it's your dad and he's obviously ill"; another part says "he's behaving like a monster, cut him out of your life." How do I determine which part to listen to? [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I fight to get my dad into a better rehab center?

My father was in an accident two weeks ago, involving some broken bones and head trauma. He was released from the hospital yesterday to a rehab center that is awful. I’m having major difficulty getting him into a better one. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Projects/Activities for 3-year-olds

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with my 3.5-year-old boy/girl twins, and looking for some structured activities/things to do to help drive it and get them excited, as they generally prefer my wife over me... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 28, 2013 - 30 answers

My son's biological father has friended me on Facebook. What next?

My 8 year old son has never met his biological father and would like to do so. I don't want his heart to break if his bio-father doesn't want contact. I'm only assuming that he doesn't want contact because apart from the befriending we haven't actually said anything to each other via voice or email for about 6 years or so. What is the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 23 answers

How can I make my mother see she needs to see a psychologist?

Hi all, I don't live at home anymore, as I studied abroad, but frequently come home during holidays. During such return visit, and the ocassional visit by my family, I always get a good taste of my mother's uglier side. I dont want to diagnose her myself, but can say that her bipolar and control freakish behaviour is affecting the whole family (my father and brother) for as long as I can remember. I would dare to even describe it as abusive; minor problems like a dirty plate forgotten on a kitchen counter can escalate into agressive full blown shout out, and in general there were moments where I really had to remind myself that, whoa, this is my mother. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Aug 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I Sign an Informal Child Custody Agreement?

My ex-spouse and I share custody of our son. He is now in kindergarten five days a week, necessitating some adjustments to his weekly schedule. We have come to a basic agreement, and my spouse wants me to sign this agreement. Even though we are principally on the same page, it feels a bit weird. Should I do it?
posted by toots on Aug 27, 2013 - 34 answers

father daughter exposure limits

Is it necessary for a father or step father to completely avoid exposure of private parts (penis) to a 5 year old daughter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 43 answers

Wedding gift for older marrying couple?

What's a good generic wedding gift for two older people? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on May 30, 2013 - 19 answers

How can my family bar my bipolar father from access to credit?

My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Depressed father, mother miserable too - what can we adult children do?

My dad, in his 60s, seems to be depressed. He is deeply unhappy and anxious, and he's also become angry and bitter to the point of a total personality change, mostly with my mum. She is miserable, and me and my siblings are so worried about both of them, especially because Dad refuses to get any help or even have a conversation about this. What, if anything, can we do here? [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

I can't dance to that!!!

Please recommend me a good song for the father-daughter dance at the wedding!!! [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Apr 27, 2013 - 31 answers

How much touch is appropriate between father and 6/7 year old daughter?

My wife and I disagree strongly over how much touch is appropriate between myself and my almost-7 year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 98 answers

Non-fiction books about relationships between father and a new child

I'm going to be a proud first-time papa in a couple months, and I'm gearing up for the madness and joy to come. I've really enjoyed reading non-fiction anecdotes about fathers and children, and I was wondering if you had any books you might recommend? Hopefully nothing 'Chicken Soup for the ____'-ish, but more along the New Yorker-y lines of Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik and Home Game by Michael Lewis. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Mar 12, 2013 - 16 answers

A Hand Grenade Thrown into a Marriage?

Asking for a specifically male perspective here: what do you wish you'd known before having kids that would have made your relationship better? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 22, 2013 - 49 answers

A funeral with a crazy family estrangement scenario

How do I deal with my estranged brother at our grandmother's funeral? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Dec 23, 2012 - 16 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

Never forget - she's my favourite!

Secretly removed as an executor by my father: how should I feel about this? [more inside]
posted by tulipwool on Nov 9, 2012 - 30 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

Helping a child cope with an absent parent

Daughter's father no longer in our lives, unexpectedly, after some sad times. Daughter (5) now a stressed little kid. Therapy coming up, but… ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I let go of my trust issues with my father?

Father issues: How to let go and move on, how to trust, and if I should. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Cornered on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

What can I do to help my aging alcoholic father?

Is there anything I can do to help my alcoholic father? He is retired, getting older, and the issue is getting progressively worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2012 - 14 answers

What to expect when you expect to be a dad?

Are there solo participation (as in not couples) classes for expectant fathers in any high schools or colleges in the USA or Canada?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How to handle estranged father's funeral?

My estranged father passed away last Sunday. I've decided to attend the funeral. Please help me conduct myself with something resembling grace. Overly complex snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 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

My father: not as evil as Darth Vader, at least.

I've found my father and decided to contact him after about 25 years of silence. I need to come up with something better than, "Hi. You helped spawn me. I have questions." [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Jun 21, 2012 - 14 answers

How 'bout I pay for your wedding if you sucker your friends into giving me money?

My father asked me to use my social networks to get my friends to use his business. When I balked, he tried telling me that if I did, he'd pay for my wedding with the money. Am I right to be offended? And what do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb on Jun 19, 2012 - 31 answers

Ailing Father, Neglectful Stepmother, & a Confused Daughter

How do I address my father's illness, marital problems, and general malaise as a child who has long ago flown the coop and has no solid plans to return to her hometown? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Jun 16, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I support my adult son whose father has turned on him?

How can I support my adult son whose father has turned on him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 19 answers

How to navigate crazy daddy issues?

How do I deal with an emotionally charged email from my (semi-estranged?) father? Is it time to cut ties? Crazy snowflake wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

I knew being a parent wouldn't be easy, but this is really hard.

Help me be a better long-distance parent. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Name that movie about apartheid South Africa

Help me figure out what movie about apartheid South Africa I'm remembering. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 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

What to get for the guy who has everything (including the kitchen sink)

My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Mar 24, 2012 - 24 answers

Know any films with a father that has a personal life?

I'm looking for movies that have a father that is living well even beyond family life. [more inside]
posted by meantime on Mar 22, 2012 - 14 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

If you had a chance to talk to your long lost father after 30 years what would you ask/ or say?

If you had a chance to talk to your long lost father after 30 years what would you ask/ or say? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Feb 27, 2012 - 21 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

Being realistic about paternal relationship

How do I become comfortable with how my father chooses to be involved in my life (minimally, not of his own initiative) as an adult? What are the limits between healthy and compassionate effort on my part and a realistic acknowledgment of both of our limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 8 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

The Childless Dating Those With Children

I'm currently seeing a man who has children, and this is my first experience with such a situation. It's new, so I've only just started asking the important questions, i.e., why did you divorce in the first place, how long have you been divorced, how is your relationship with your ex, are you both at peace with how it ended? etc. Everything seems to check out so far, but I know it would be foolish to think I won't encounter some unique problems if things get serious. [more inside]
posted by CXXVII on Jan 17, 2012 - 27 answers

Looking for a good father/daughter book

Looking for a good father/daughter book for upcoming baby girls. (twins!) I've been looking but I've had some trouble because of three things I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by jragon on Dec 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Memorable experience gifts near Los Angeles?

GiftFilter: Memorable experiences that are a day trip out of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 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

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