How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Going Back To School Summed Up In One Video

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Nearly all of us know the apprehension of starting school, let alone beginning again at a new school. But this 4th grader seems to have his attitude on lock. Though he has some justifiable complaints (“I KNOW HOW TO RIDE A BIKE”), he takes everything in stride. Sure, he wants more than one friend, but […]

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10 Family Comics of a Darker Sort

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Light and sweet humor is great, but sometimes you want your humor like a lot of people want their coffee: dark, bitter and served by snarky cynics that spell your name wrong on purpose probably. Here’s a collection of web comics that touch on family or childhood themes, with an edgier spin. Nothing political, racist, […]

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The Coolest 4th Grade Teacher Ever

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My son is only in first grade, but I believe I’ve met the coolest 4th grade teacher ever. As written in the description on this video, Mr. Reed sounds like the raddest: “Instead of sending out the boring, old, “Welcome Back” newsletter, Mr. Reed, a first year teacher from Chicago, wrote a rap song for […]

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My Wife Just Sniffed… #279

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I’m not sure if all the organic food my family buys seems to go bad faster than non-organic because it actually does or because of the demonic laughter I can hear taunting me from the empty void in my bank account. Whatever the case may be, my wife is a little bit very extremely cautious […]

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Super Mario Bros Like You’ve Never Seen Them!

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As a kid who grew up with 8-bit graphics and the revelatory moment of seeing 16-bit video games come to life, Super Mario Bros. changed my life. Anyone who could beat the game attained godlike status. I remember trying and failing so many times. I dreamed of winning and finishing the whole thing with a […]

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“Favorites” – Scrabble Scribble #18

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When you get right down to it, kids are basically hoarders. Parents quickly learn that whole “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies to ALL trash for most kids. You just wouldn’t think that a crumpled juice box straw was THE BEST MOSTEST FAVORITEST THING EVER. But they’ll be sure to inform you loudly […]

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Are Men Just Children?

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A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jul 24, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT To the woman in the grocery store who came over to my wife while I was with my kids: I would like to apologize. You grinned, pointed at me and asked my wife, “Did you know you have three kids?” I […]

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Video of a Father and Son Having a Musical Alzheimer’s Defying Moment

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When I met my wife over a decade ago, her mother was already years into the slow and excruciating decline of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Though she was alive for years, I never knew her. She was non-vocal by then. I got to know something of her gentle and noble soul through the stories of love […]

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My Wife Just Said… #278

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Summer vacation has wrapped up for most of us, or it’s probably on its way out. We tried to plan a couple of summer experiences, getting away from our home, and this feeling was never more obvious than in the first few days of traveling. To her credit, my wife is a great planner and […]

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Kids Write Some Sorry Excuses for Apologies (12 Pics)

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It’s very amusing how kids can be wonderful at being awful about certain things. When I was a kid, there were times my parents made me apologize to my siblings or friends, and I can remember how lifeless and boobytrapped some of my sorries were. Kids quickly get pretty good at whipping up some completely […]

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