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

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 […]

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 […]