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.

Join the Cadre and Get Involved!

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

Figuring out what baby-gear is a must-own for new dads

By Tyler | August 8, 2018

“What’s the one piece of baby gear you couldn’t live without?” New Dad? Then you’re probably pretty unsure of what all you might need in and outside of the home while you are caring for your child. There are tons of articles out there offering insights into what you should buy. Fatherly shared a list of […]

A re-imagination of the, “if you ever hurt my daughter…” speech in 2018

By Tyler | August 7, 2018

Take the time to read this New Yorker piece about a re-imagination of the, “if you ever hurt my daughter” speech. A quick excerpt: Jaxsen, is it? Fine. Whatever. Look here, PAL, I’ve got something to say. I, TOO, was a sixteen-year-old boy once. I’m not an idiot. I know how this works. I’m glad that […]

JAMA Pediatrics: it should be standard to screen fathers for postnatal depression

By Tyler | August 6, 2018

The original story can be found here from Forbes. From a study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics: “4.4% of fathers screened in a large, population-based cohort study screened positive for depression–similar to the percentage of mothers who screened positive (5%).” Paternal depression in the postpartum period is extremely important to be aware of, given its […]

NY Giant Cody Latimer and how he says his son helped him become a professional

By Tyler | August 3, 2018

The original article on Cody Latimer can be found here on the New York Post. Cody Latimer says that he struggled to be a professional coming into the NFL at a young age — he says that he was, “young, dumb, [and] hard-headed.” However, he feels that he has grown up and is taking things […]

Many companies are now offering father’s paternity leave…but will they take it?

By Tyler | August 2, 2018

Original post can be found here from WSJ. Companies that are allowing men to take paternity leave are experiencing an interesting paradox — they are struggling to get new fathers to take it. A recent study found that 1 in 3 men would be hesitant to take paternity leave in fear that it would jeopardize […]

Fatherhood prep: Begin fostering important attributes now!

By Tyler | May 30, 2018

The National Center for Fathering (NCF) offers a list of attributes that are helpful for fathers to thrive. Begin fostering these skills during pregnancy alongside the growth occurring for your partner and the baby. Skills such as: kindness, patience, awareness, attention to detail, being able to see what needs to be done, humor, delight, and clarity are […]

Dads share what they wish they would’ve known

By Tyler | May 23, 2018

Nearly 2-dozen men reflect on their experience as a dad with, and discuss things they wish they would have known ahead of time about becoming a dad. The following is a list of questions that they wish they would have known the answer to ahead of time: What’s the best way to help during […]

Important How-to’s for Fathers

By Tyler | May 23, 2018

Fatherhood can be challenging for first time fathers. However, there is great information out there to help you develop your daddio skills. The following is a list of skills from that other fathers have discussed with them as being important to raising a child. How much your child should drink in the first weeks. […]

When Unexpected Emotions Hit

By Padre Cadre | March 15, 2018

  Everyone is going through something Quietly, Kevin Love penned a letter to The Players Tribune, and opened up about his mental health struggles related to anxiety and panic. “I had a panic attack. It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was […]

Why Are Dads More Stressed Than Mom After Bringing Premature Babies Home?

By Padre Cadre | March 12, 2018

“Mothers process the situation long before fathers do, which may account for their being able to adjust faster—As soon as a woman gets pregnant, she begins to plan for her baby, while many men might not do as much until the baby is born.” Research at Northwestern in Chicago IL found that fathers’ stress levels […]