Dear Mr. Dad,
I am 16 and I have found out am having a baby. How do you think my dad would take the news?
Well, I think you've just articulated every father's worst nightmare.
But the question of how your father will take the news isn't nearly as important as the questions you need to ask yourself. For example:
You'll need to spend a lot of time thinking through these questions before telling your parents. Your first conversation should be with the baby's father, who has a right to be part of any decision, whether it's to have or not to have the baby.
You may also be able to get some counseling through your school or a local Planned Parenthood chapter.
Best of luck,
-- "Mr. Dad"
A nationally recognized parenting expert, Armin Brott is the bestselling author of The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, Fathering Your Toddler, The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, and four other books on fatherhood. He has written on parenting, fatherhood, and health for the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and dozens of other periodicals. He also hosts "Positive Parenting," which airs on a dozen stations in the US and worldwide on the American Forces Network. Armin lives with his family in Oakland, California. You may visit his website at mrdad.com to learn more.