Genetics

Who's your daddy? Don't ask a DNA test

"Man Ordered to Pay $65K in Child Support for Kid Who Isn't His." "Father Hopes to Change State Paternity Law" after losing custody of his biological daughter to another man. The headlines are lurid and seemingly nonsensical. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Anthropologist explores 'the science of dads'

Want to do something special for a father on June 16? Try asking him what he finds most rewarding—and most challenging—about being a dad.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How fathers, children should spend time together

As men everywhere brace for an onslaught of ties, tools, wallets and novelty socks gifted for Father's Day, here are two questions fathers of young children should ask themselves: What activities are best for bonding with ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

It's good for new moms' health when dads can stay home

A new study by Stanford economists shows that giving fathers flexibility to take time off work in the months after their children are born improves the postpartum health and mental well-being of mothers.

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Father

A father is defined as a male parent of any type of offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to father, parallel to "maternal" for mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering".

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