How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

That Time Tom Hanks Crashed Your Wedding

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Did you have a dream of what your wedding would look like? Did you imagine Tom Hanks would be there? Well, for this couple, that dream became reality. Now, I eloped with my wife because apparently I’m not big on pomp and circumstance, but there’s a part of me that wishes we had done the […]

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Our Parents Had It Sooooooo Easy

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You know that old “back in my day” line, where older folks grumble about how hard they had it; carrying half a library, barefoot for ten miles to school, uphill both ways, that sort of thing? Well, you don’t hear too much from them like that about how they had it as parents. Earlier generations […]

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My Wife Just Said… #284

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When your kids get sick, time bends. It could stop or it could slow, but sick kids interrupt every carefully planned activity and routine you put together. After a while you do whatever it takes to get them better. That can mean your health/sleep/life take a hit. Sometimes we become a petri dish in my […]

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What I Say VERSUS What My Kid Hears

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The number one waste of oxygen on the planet is parents telling their kids things. Probably. Something seems to get lost in translation from the moment sound leaves a parents lips to their kids’ banana-filled ears on the way to the blank slates of the perpetual-imagination machines in their little round heads. Most kids’ ability […]

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He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

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A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 13, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT How does this happen? I need answers. I feel like Geppetto and my marionette son is becoming a real boy. But the truth is I’m the dummy. Every day is a process of chipping away my own woodenness as a parent. […]

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If the Harry Potter Books Were Written From Voldmort’s Perspective

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  SPOLER ALERT: For anyone who hasn’t read all of the books… what have you been doing with your life!?! Sorry I mean, c’mon! Anyway. If you’re not done with the books, click here.   I recently began the wondrous adventure of reading the Harry Potter books to my 7-year-old son. We raced through the […]

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This Dad Gets It

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The following was posted on Facebook and shared into my feed last night. It sums up something I’ve been going through with my older son. Though Finn isn’t autistic he is a special brand of human: sensitive, brilliant, quirky, analytical, impulsive, hilarious. And this boy, below, seems like a brother from another mother. But I […]

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My Wife Just Said… #283

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No one wants to be that nutty parent with fevered spittle flying off their lips as they scream unheard tips and cheers from the sidelines to their kid. But that doesn’t seem to stop them. It’s hard not to get swept up in the game when your kid is playing, to be so invested that […]

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This Singing Kid Is My Life

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This has been a long week, too. Life has been a tough go, and even some of the joyful things have been brutal. This kid is everything. He commits to singing these ABCs even it apparently causes him physical pain or something. Sure, I get very nervous singing in front of people. It’s sort of […]

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Parenterms: “Passwordthy”

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Pretty much everyone in these obscenely modern times knows the truly deep and profound statement of trust it is to grant someone else your password. Parents, especially, have to put some seriously paranoid thought into handing over the keys to their digital castle, since kids can innocently get up to no good, totally on accident, […]

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