How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

How To Fail Beautifully

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I’ve talked a bunch about trying to teach my older son the value of losing and making mistakes. It’s been a battle. I’ve given him lots of examples of how losing or failing can lead to bigger or more sustained success, but he still can’t quite grasp the concept. Instead, I’m thinking of just showing […]

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Then and Now for Parenthood (6 Fowl Comics)

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Like holding a tiny, saved onsie up to your lanky growth-spurting kid, it’s fascinating to compare the way parenthood and family was to how they are now. We can take a more focused view of our family, when we ourselves first had a babies vs when they became kids, and we can widen the perspective […]

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The World’s Largest Nerf Gun Is The Only Toy You Need

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When you’re a kid, the world is larger than life. So you reenact the adult world and all its glory: foot races, gunfights, negotiations, playing house — the full continuum, as far as you’re concerned, is up for grabs during playtime. Generationally, however, it now seems we’re predisposed to reversing the order. We want all […]

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6AM TODDLER Energy Beverage (Bad Product Idea #20)

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​ ​One might think this was actually a good product idea. Maybe the best energy drink ever conceived, but no. So shower-cry sadly it is not. This energy drink wouldn’t turbocharge you with raw pulse-pounding power when you wanted it. 110% nope. Every kid-owner already knows. No matter what time of day or night, it’d […]

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My Wife Just Said… #270

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My wife is an evil genius. She thinks of things before anyone else and catches tiny inconsistencies immediately. So, of course, she would say something like this. I mean, she’s asking for a friend, obviously, but I just love the way her mind works. And if I’m found at the scene of a crime, I […]

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Dad Jokes Hall of Shame – Part 4

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means! A full-on, consequence-free license to Dad Joke at will! A lot of you loved/hated the

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Forest of Memories

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A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jun 11, 2016 at 9:42pm PDT Around five years ago, I got my son Finn’s name inscribed on my arm by this man, Dr. Woo. Last weekend, I got myself an early Father’s Day present and etched Arden’s name on my other arm. It felt like things […]

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My Wife Just Yawned… #269

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I guess I should be glad that she’s still willing to push through the exhaustion and power-lift her lead-heavy, kryptonite eyelids to stay up with me. Though, honestly, the number of shows episodes and ends of movies we’ve had to rematch because of this has to be in the triple digits now. She doesn’t snore, […]

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Why Do People Think This Is Okay?

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Before I had kids, I certainly experienced moments lamenting sitting next to upset, crazy or scream-o-crying children. I would glance over and hope, nay pray, they’d quiet down. Screaming kids and babies can feel grating to your soul. Hell, I would huff under my breath or roll my eyes, judgmentally. It’s frustrating to be near […]

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An HONEST Kid-Prepared Father’s Day Menu

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Ah, Father’s Day breakfast! For families that celebrate the day with a special breakfast, it usually starts with Mom whipping up some food favorites for the dad of honor and presenting them herself, with the child enthusiastically waving a card or a school project made of 50% construction paper and 50% paste. Maybe in the […]

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