I was wondering if there is an English word or short phrase referring to a mother/father of sons as opposed to a mother/father of daughters (and vice versa).

The situation could be that someone who has a daughter has different concerns, let's say, in parenting than someone who has a son would have.

Let me know if you need more explanation.

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    I can think of nothing briefer than the phrase "mother of three girls" or other permutations. – TaliesinMerlin Feb 26 '19 at 13:48
  • We would need six more words for a parent: mother/father of girls/both/boys. – Weather Vane Feb 26 '19 at 13:53
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    Some years ago I was watching a movie, I can't remember its name, where an English-speaker visiting a foreign country did not understand something that had been said in the local language about a man who had just left the room; all the other men in the room chuckled when they heard it. The English speaker asked what the man had been called and someone explained to him that he had been called a word that meant father-of-daughters. We don't have any such word in English. – TRomano Feb 26 '19 at 14:48
  • Is this a concept with a word/phrase in your native language? – Mitch Feb 26 '19 at 17:41
  • Yes, it is a common expression made up of two words (one of which is "mother" or "father", and the other is an adjective specifying whether they have boys or girls). – Zanapinka Feb 26 '19 at 17:49

I am pretty certain the answer is "no, there is no such word or dedicated short phrase in English" (by "dedicated short phrase" I mean a phrase that's always used for this specific meaning, as opposed to every person making a sentence anew when they talk about the concept).

That's pretty hard to prove unfortunately, and maybe someone will answer with an example. But here is an article, referring to the specific concept, I found while googling "parent only boys" and "parent only girls":


This article refers to a study on parents who have only girls and only boys and how they spend for college. If the word existed and was common enough you'd expect an article and study like this to use it. But they don't; they talk about "parents of all boys" and "parents of all girls" in the article and "parents of only boys" in the title, suggesting none of those are dedicated phrases either.

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