I was listening to a guy on the radio the other day talking about fatherhood. The man told a story about taking his kids to the store without his wife and how an older woman saw him and said: "Oh, it's so sweet that you give your wife a break and babysit the kids for her." He said how it was a big pet peeve of his that people call him a babysitter, and he said something like, "I'm not babysitting my kids, I'm fathering my kids."
I totally agree with this idea, but using the word father like that just doesn't feel right. If you do a COCA corpus search for mother as a verb, you will find many uses that mean to care for or to look after:
This is who we are. No, this is what we have done and continue to do. We labor in love. We do it. We mother. 
The judge, in that case, could've given him another eight years in jail, but instead, decided to place him on probation with this unusual stipulation: that he father no more children unless he can provide support. 
We can raise, parent, rear, look after, or care for our children, but none of these are specific to fathers. Does this tell us something about Western culture? Maybe it will get better if we look at collocations.
What is the #1 adjective to describe the word father?
(On a side note, the #1 adjective to describe mother is the word single.)
Hmmm... well, this is going downhill fast. It has to get better! What about the top ten words to collocate with father?
Happy Father's Day!
 Caroline Kennedy discussing an Elizabeth Alexander poem on NPR titled "Ode," which is about motherhood. I got this from the Corpus of Contemporary American English. If you use their search syntax, you can find words as a specific part of speech by typing
word.[part of speech code]
So for example:
- mother.[n] will search for all uses of mother as a noun
- mother.[j] will search for all uses of mother as an adjective, and
- mother.[v] to find all occurrences of mother as a verb (which is what I did for this entry).
 From NPR interview with Dennis Chaptman (2001)