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

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 […]

What Social Isolation Can Do To Men’s Health

By Tyler | September 5, 2018

I’m sure most of you reading this article can relate — as we get older, our circle of friends tends to dwindle. While this is universally true for most people, it seems to be more pertinent and happen more often for men. Men often attribute this social isolation and loss of friends to putting their […]

Using Social Media to Make Sense of Your New Role as a Father

By Tyler | September 4, 2018

Despite changing social norms and gender roles, fathers still often find themselves out of place at parks, malls and other areas frequented by mothers and children. The same problem happens when they visit most parenting forums online. A researcher at the University of Michigan wanted to find out how new or soon-to-be fathers use social media […]

How New Dads Can Deal With Stress and Be Prepared for Parenthood

By Tyler | August 27, 2018

Becoming a father brings about a lot of competing emotions — joy, fear, excitement, anxiety, happiness, worry, etc. To minimize stress from the competing emotions and the real challenges fatherhood brings, new fathers should be proactive and take steps to prepare themselves for the task ahead. The following are some common worries for fathers, and […]

The Benefits of Reading to your Children

By Tyler | August 21, 2018

Original article from NPR. Dad’s typically aren’t too jazzed up about attending parenting classes. “When someone tells you they’re in a parenting course, the first thing that comes to your mind is, ‘Well, what’s wrong with their parenting?’” Attending a parent class often makes men feel that there must be some deficit present. Fathers Supporting Success in […]

Father’s Untreated Depression Can Impact Their Children

By Tyler | August 20, 2018

Historically, a common misconception has been that mother’s mental health is the primary predictor of children’s mental health, and that the father is much less influential. However, a study published in Lancet Psychiatry attempts to dispel this belief. The researchers reviewed several large cohort studies. In a UK study, it was found that children whose […]

Wrestling, Or ‘Rough-And-Tumble Play’ Is Important, But There Are Rules

By Tyler | August 17, 2018

Psychologists have coined the term rough-and-tumble play (RTP), which is a common form of play between fathers and children. It has been suggested that RTP can contribute to the development of self regulation. Some people often confuse RTP with genuine aggression but research has clearly distinguished these two types of behaviors and demonstrated that they arise […]