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"Son?" "Yes, m'lord?" (Thinkstock)

You're about to become a parent, which means that you have a critical choice to make. No, not what to name your child, where to send her to school, or whether to perpetuate the lie of Santa Claus. You need to chose what title you want to go by as a new father. This title will dictate the parameters of your relationship with your kid forever. You only get one shot, so choose wisely...

Dad

This is the industry standard. It's like calling tissues Kleenex. Dad is our cultural shorthand for the male parent. It's fine for most men, but are you most men? Statistically, probably. But just in case “dad" isn't edgy enough for you, read on!