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Tips for new parents. Have at it!

What tips/lifehacks can you think of for the upcoming parents. Don't care how small the tips are - just avoid the obvious ones. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 20, 2011 - 50 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

Alcoholism, parents and dealing with both.

My dad is 63. He's been diagnosed with pancreatitis, but there are a whole host of complicating factors, for that and for everything else. I'm at pretty much the end of my tether. Some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Stop reading my mail!

Help me get through to my dad about respecting my privacy now that I no longer live with him. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Father to (adult) son 101

Asking for a friend (really): How do you (or did you) deal with finding out that you have an adult child you didn't even know existed? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Sep 15, 2011 - 1 answer

You're not my mommy

Dad wants me to meet the woman he left Mom for. Do I have to? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Jul 26, 2011 - 50 answers

How do you deal with a hot-tempered parent?

I need advice on building a healthy relationship with my father despite his temper. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jul 25, 2011 - 21 answers

They're Right Here, Dad; Why Can't You Call Us?

Is there anything a divorced mom with primary custody of three kids could say to their dad to get him to pay attention to his kids? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 25, 2011 - 32 answers

My Dad's dream car!

Help me show up my dad. He thinks he came up with a gift that I can't get him. An ASV! [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Father's Day without a father?

How can I help my wife cope with the death of her father during this Father's Day? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 answers

How to save relationship with uncle?

Is there any way to save my relationship with a relative who has suddenly distanced himself after marriage? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on May 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Move into my dad's basement suite?

My parents are splitting up after 36 years. My dad will be buying a house of his own. If he gets a place with a basement suite and I move into it, what pitfalls should I be aware of? I'm 30. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 37 answers

Getting sexual mojo back: monogamous female edition

I need inspiration for rekindling my dormant sexuality, now that motherhood is underway. [more inside]
posted by misoramen on May 6, 2011 - 12 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

Help me feel better about leaving my baby for a business trip

I am going to be away from my baby for five days. Help me know that he will be OK without me. [more inside]
posted by bq on Feb 9, 2011 - 18 answers

What's causing my dad to act this way? What can I do to help him?

For several years now, my father, in sporadic bursts, has been acting very strangely. I'm not sure what is causing him to act like that, and I'm not sure what to do about it, so I'm looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2010 - 19 answers

How to tell my dad about my abortion?

How to tell my dad about my abortion? It seems like the time has come and gone. Do I tell, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 32 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

Can therapy help me?

I'm a well-adjusted person plagued now by anger and disappointment re: her absentee father. Should I pursue therapy, or go about this a different route? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 - 17 answers

She must have Daddy Issues.

How do I overcome my severe trust issues with men? Very long backstory inside, be warned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 25 answers

Please help me find out what happened.

I need to find out how my father died. It's not possible for me to contact relatives to get this information. Please help. [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace on Sep 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Whether and how to make the leap into single parenthood at 37 weeks pregant?

I'm pretty sure it's better to be a single, lonely, terrified parent than an attached, angry, bitter parent - but need confirmation from a neutral third party. [more inside]
posted by pennywhistle on Sep 8, 2010 - 85 answers

How do I start over?

How do I overcome this crushing sense of regret at my "lost 20s" and how do I build a life from scratch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 25 answers

How to cope as daughter’s absent father re-appears?

My 7-year-old daughter’s absent father has just contacted me stating an interest in a relationship with her. I believe this is ultimately a good thing for her but I am not sure about the best approach. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on Sep 6, 2010 - 54 answers

How do I help a Dad find his Daughter?

I came across an ad on Craigslist that really grabbed my attention. It was from a dad with very little computer knowledge, hoping to set up a website so his daughter would one day Google herself and know about her real dad. He hasn't been with her since she was 2 (2001). Something about it, probably my own personal experiences, really made me want to help. I set up a Blogger account for him so he can post pictures and letters to her easily (he updates the site from the local library). Are there any other things I should try? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Aug 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Give my dad a break!

My father lost his job last year and went from making a comfortable living to bare minimum unemployment checks and occasional side jobs. Although my mother is able to support the family (I live 2000 miles away), they have very little extra spending cash. I want to send my dad a giftcard to see a movie, but I'm not sure if he'll consider it to be a pity thing? [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm on Jul 29, 2010 - 10 answers

I'm bitter and very sad about the fact that I've never had a reliable and protective man (father, brother, uncle, grandfather) in my life.

I'm bitter and very sad about the fact that I've never had a reliable and protective man (father, brother, uncle, grandfather) in my life. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jul 6, 2010 - 34 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

How to deal with a hurtful aged father?

How to deal with a hurtful aged father at an upcoming family event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2010 - 18 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

I think my elderly father is thinking of taking his own life...

My father recently intimated without saying outright that he was thinking of ending his life. He's 77, has been living with the after effects of strokes for about 15 years or more and has lost his ability to enjoy pretty much all of his passions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 33 answers

Unexpected and unwanted parent's sudden appearance

Estranged parent crisis: I came home to my father -- whom I have not seen in the last two years for reasons of his alcoholism and emotional abuse -- looming in the hallway, waiting for me to return. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire on May 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Want to get daddy a nice present.

Present for 85-year old artist [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Apr 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Absent dad wrongly claims daughters as dependents

How can this unfair income tax situation be resolved? [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Apr 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Taking Care of Pop

What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

The [story's] for the sad man...

I'm looking for a sad story I read on the internet. A son was browsing through his father's possessions after the father's death and came across a Pokemon game. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 17, 2010 - 9 answers

What are some good activity books and websites for fathers and sons?

What are some good activity books and websites for fathers and sons? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Mar 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Blood, water and airline miles

I have a biological daughter (Angel), that I know, for certain, is mine. Angel, however, does not know that I exist. How do I remedy this situation? [more inside]
posted by the giant pill on Jan 23, 2010 - 54 answers

Do I have to invite my father to the wedding?

Should I invite my estranged father to my wedding? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Dec 18, 2009 - 27 answers

How can my friend get through his dad's Orwellian firewall?

My friend's dad has decided he's not worthy of an internet connection. How can my friend get through his dad's Orwellian firewall? [more inside]
posted by bewarethewumpus on Dec 8, 2009 - 47 answers

Can I have your tips about entering into the holiday season right after my dad's death?

Death, mourning, family, and holidays: How to prepare for the holidays in a post-Dad world? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

My parents are divorced; my father has custody of my younger brother, but is leaving the country for a few years for work. He wants me to live with and take care of my 16 year old brother until he graduates from HS. I love my brother, but I have some objections and I’m not sure how to handle this. (long explanation inside!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 60 answers

I miss the little guy.

Help. Help help help. My (ex?) girlfriend has taken our six day old child to her parents house and is barricading herself there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 - 43 answers

How weird is a father-daughter road-trip?

[ParentFilter]: Quick survey of parents - how weird do you think it is for a father to take his toddler-age daughter on a long weekend trip to visit family, while the mother stays at home? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jul 15, 2009 - 49 answers

Name change for a minor when contested by father?

I want to change my son's middle name. Babydaddy ain't having it. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne on Jul 13, 2009 - 44 answers

Tips for single dad

Looking for tips, advice, how-to's, words of wisdom, dire warnings, helpful websites/blogs/books, and general info on single parenting in general...and for single parenting for a dad raising an almost 3yo in particular. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jul 13, 2009 - 12 answers

How Do You Know If You're Ready To Be A Dad?

How do you know you're ready to be a father? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 25, 2009 - 42 answers

Please help me deal with my father's sudden passing.

My (estranged) father just died. I don't know if he left a will. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Jun 8, 2009 - 18 answers

Do daddy's girls own a negotiation power that I do not?

30 years after my father is gone, I wonder what intangibles he denied me. How do I get a sneak peak into the world of a daddy‘s girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 38 answers

What to do about my alcoholic father?

What to do about my alcoholic father? [more inside]
posted by gman on Apr 10, 2009 - 47 answers

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