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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

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

Please make this pregnant lady cry

Can you recommend me some fiction, comics, and movies that are parenting positive--especially mom-positive? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Oct 14, 2013 - 39 answers

Virtual Doulas Always Have Clean Hands

We've had a bumper crop of gorgeous babies on the Filter lately. Let me learn from your experiences - hit me with your best advice for childbirth and labour itself. We've only got a week or two to go and the better prepared we can be the better. [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Jun 12, 2013 - 43 answers

How do I bank sperm for later use?

How do I bank my sperm for potential future parenting desires? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Reason vs emotion: Can't afford baby. Want a baby

Coming to terms with circumstances. Baby fever edition. I need help doing it. How did you decide to be ok with waiting to get pregnant? Alternatively, how did you decide to go ahead and attempt pregnancy even though it was a bad idea financially in the short term? What books or articles or blog posts can I read (the library is right down the street!) that address this? [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Aug 3, 2012 - 28 answers

How to move on from my abusive father?

Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 23 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

How can a father leave his family yet remain a father?

This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 91 answers

Unhappy Dad To Be Still Unhappy.

I was the anonymous asker of this question. Things have moved on a little bit since then. Looking for a way forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2011 - 90 answers

Help An Unhappy Dad To Be Become A Happy Dad To Be.

My wife is pregnant and I'm not happy about it. Obviously that's a problem. Help me try to become happy about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 71 answers

What would I know now, if I'd had a less bad dad?

Women of Metafilter: did you have a loving relationship with your father when you were growing up? Did your father make you feel loved, supported, and valued? Can you tell me what that makes your life look/feel like today? I'm trying to understand how to move forward from a history with a sadistic, distant father, and it would help me to know what benefits you have gained from having a loving one, so that I can attempt to find those benefits for myself. [more inside]
posted by troublemenot on Sep 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Well, how did I get here? Dad needs support!

Once I was a guy with a few good friends. Now I'm a husband and a dad in a relatively new place with no friends. I need support but have very little no time or energy to make it happen. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Aug 2, 2010 - 20 answers

what do I need to know before I donate sperm?

A female friend recently asked if I'd be willing to be a sperm donor. We've agreed to discuss the possibility in a series of conversations over the next few months. What questions should I ask her? What factors do I need to take into consideration?
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 27 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

Fear of the future is paralyzing me

Discovered recently that my wife is expecting our second child - mixed feelings are overwhelming me - practical solutions? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Feb 12, 2009 - 25 answers

Asperger's and Fatherhood

Should I seriously consider a long-term relationship/having children with someone who seems to have a mild case of Asperger's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Cat's in the cradle

My dad was an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least) who clearly did not like his children. I have become an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least). Am I doomed to have the same, terrible relationship with my future kids as well? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Oct 12, 2008 - 29 answers

Baby Daughter Daddy

Help me with gender disappointment. My wife and I just had an ultrasound and found out our baby will be a girl. I was hoping for a boy because I never knew / met my father. My dad was a completely absent f*ck-up. I was hoping to somehow fill that void by giving my son what I never had and teaching him the things I had to learn on my own. I know I will be overjoyed when my daughter is born, but right now, I am feeling quite sad. What is a good way to look at this, and what can I look forward to with having a girl
posted by jasondigitized on Jun 23, 2008 - 69 answers

Daddy Music

If you don't enjoy country music, do hip, relatively new songs exist about fatherhood, or more specifically, fathers and daughters? [more inside]
posted by brozek on Jun 19, 2008 - 33 answers

Can you give me some ideas on how to be a better mother to my 15 year old son? I'm a man.

How do I, as a man, show my son a caring and feminine side to life? I've raised my son in classic, tough-guys-don't-cry fashion. I worry that I haven't given him the tools to form the best relationships with the opposite sex or to be more caring and compassionate and I want to redress the very male influences in his upbringing. Are there any other single fathers out there who have the same concerns? How have you dealt with them? Are there any good resources you would recommend? Any women who have experience of young men mainly raised by their fathers? What are your thoughts? Am I worrying unnecessarily? [more inside]
posted by rikatik on May 13, 2008 - 31 answers

No, not Yellow Submarine

So, we've just found out the kid we're cooking is a girl. Now, I'm tasked with the job I've had for the last 16 years: I have to come up with a signature song for the child. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Jan 29, 2008 - 28 answers

Advice for a new work at home dad?

I currently am self employed and work at home. We have our first kiddy on the way. What am I going to need to compromise on/totally change? [more inside]
posted by rus on Jun 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Found my son's father after 26 years

Okay, this is an enormous issue and I'm not finding any resources out there for help. I recently found my son's biological father. My son is 26. [more inside]
posted by nurse4kitties on Apr 12, 2007 - 43 answers

She supposedly looks the most like me of all my sisters.

What should my family do about my "long-lost" half-sister when her caretaker dies? [more inside]
posted by nekton on Jan 2, 2007 - 10 answers

What game did you want to play when 3yrd old?

Are there memory / brain games I should play with my three year old? [more inside]
posted by crazyray on Aug 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Good advice for a new dad.

If you could tell a soon-to-be dad anything, what would you say? [more inside]
posted by joseph_elmhurst on Jun 27, 2006 - 61 answers

Mr. Mom Needs A New Pair Of Shoes!

How can a stay-at-home dad make a bit of cash on the side? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Aug 29, 2005 - 24 answers

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