Padre Cadre Connects Dads!

Padre Cadre Connects Dads!

Welcome to the “just for dads” social network dedicated to connecting fathers both online and in the real world.

Join now to connect with the people and resources that can help you make the most of your fatherhood experience!


Please dive in and use the feedback form at the bottom of every page to let us know where we can improve - and what you like, too!

Warmly, the Padre Cadre team



Register Now and connect with dads who share your nerdy, odd-ball or perfectly normal interests and who have some of the same thoughts, questions and concerns about fatherhood.

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Dads Connect

Optimal fatherhood can't happen without social connection. That's what Padre Cadre is all about. Members are able to view which members live nearby to facilitate in-person meet ups!

Find other dads right here online and in your neighborhood.

Member Forums

Our forums are for our Padre Cadre members only, and we want you in on the conversation! Current forum topics include:

  • Fatherhood 2.0 - Redefining what fatherhood is for our era
  • Popular Culture Padres - Representations of fathers in the Media
  • Prepare! What can dads do to prepare for baby's arrival?
  • ....and more!

Padre Blog

Let Padre Cadre keep you current on the latest shenanigans in the world of fatherhood!

Upcoming Features in Development

We're hard at work here at Padre Cadre labs to get you dads even more connected. Here's a hint at what's to come!

Mentor Dads

Team up with an experienced dad!

A program connecting more experienced dads who are interested in serving as mentors with new dads who are looking for someone to chat with about the questions and challenges that arise in new fatherhood.



A wiki for dads! Managed by Padre Cadre members; this wiki is home to valuable FAQs, resources and insights.
Check out our dad-curated knowledge base covering the nuts ‘n bolts of fatherhood.


Recent Posts

To tell or not to tell your children the ‘truth’ about Santa Claus

By Tyler | December 13, 2018

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell recently discussed in a US Weekly interview that they told their 5- and 3-year old that Santa doesn’t exist in an attempt to always be honest with them. “Our 5-year-old started asking questions like, ‘Well, this doesn’t make sense, and that doesn’t make sense.’ I’m like, ‘You know what? This is […]

Prince William, Mental Health, and Fatherhood

By Tyler | November 26, 2018

Photo Credit: ABC News In a recent Can Happen Conference, Prince William discussed mental health and how it is okay to ask for help when personal struggles arise. The session was about mental health in the workplace, and how he struggled to maintain a healthier balance between work and family. In particular, Prince William discussed […]

Dwayne Wade and his ‘extended’ paternity leave: A continued cultural shift

By Tyler | November 14, 2018

[featured image credit: Chicago Tribune] Wade has missed the Heat’s last three games and will miss at least three more, as he and his wife welcome their newborn daughter into the world. To the surprise of many sports writers, Wade has been greeted with congratulations from teammates, celebrities, and fans. “With my daughter coming a couple […]

Dad’s group tackles tragedy and mountains together

By Tyler | November 5, 2018

Check out the full article here. The article is about Brad Watson’s experience when his son Archie died at age two, in 2013, of a rare genetic condition, and his time spent at Tŷ Hafan, a Welch children’s hospice center. Brad discussed how his preconceived notions about palliative care was challenged when seeing the positive spirits of […]

How his father’s suicide helped him to become a ‘real man’

By Tyler | October 31, 2018

Losing his dad as a teen was “truly horrible” for JC Clapham but the father-of-three was soon faced with his own moment of despair.  Check out the full article here. Featured image: The healthier JC, late 2017. Photo credit: Matt Hofmann MediaSource:Supplied March 28, 1998 – JC’s dad died by suicide. In the article, he […]

Fighting against Dad-Bod: Having a good exercise routine prior to fatherhood can impact your child’s physical health

By Tyler | October 23, 2018

A new article in the medical journal, Diabetes, looked at how paternal exercise improves glucose metabolism in adult offspring. Poor paternal diet has emerged as a risk factor for metabolic disease in offspring, and alterations in sperm may be a major mechanism mediating these detrimental effects of diet. While exercise in the general population is […]

Dads on Instagram “keeping it real.”

By Tyler | October 16, 2018

[photo courtesy of life_with_benjamin] The Huffington Post ran an article about must-follow dads on Instagram. If you like laughing and crying about parenthood, follow these dads immediately. We highly recommend that you check out the article and bolster who you follow on IG to increase you scrolling pleasure with videos/pictures of dads and their experiences […]

Going Viral – Dads Campaign for Changing-Tables in Men’s Bathrooms

By Tyler | October 10, 2018

[photo by 3boys_1goal/Instagram] #Squatforchange That is the hashtag that has went viral after Dante Palmer, who runs the IG account, Three Boys One Goal, posted a photo of him squatting in a men’s bathroom attempting to change the diaper of his son. ‘What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we […]

To-Be Fathers And Sympathetic Pregnancy

By Tyler | September 23, 2018

Katherine E. Wynne-Edwards is a professor of biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She was interviewed by Scientific American, and provided a detailed answer as to why some men experience couvade — or sympathetic pregnancy. We recommend that you read her summation here.  The key takeaway is that there are a few hypotheses as to […]

Employee & Father – How to be great at both

By Tyler | September 19, 2018

John Rampton is a CEO and a father. In a Business Insider article, he shares 8 tips to manage your day to have enough time to be a strong employee and an influential and present father. 1. Use the Ivy Lee method Right before bed, write down the six most important things you want to […]