How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

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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This Dad Gets It

Posted by on September 20th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

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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This Singing Kid Is My Life

Posted by on September 16th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

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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Orangutan + Baby Bump = Magic

Posted by on September 14th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

WARNING: This video features cuteness overload but may contain vertical formatting. Vertical video is a seriously disease with long term side effects, including old age, luddite tendencies and a general disdain for the viewer. The animal kingdom is filled with examples of species that do amazing things around babies, pregnancy and female anatomy. Male seahorses […]

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My Wife Just Said… #282

Posted by on September 12th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

First off, my wife is full of shit. Downhill, my ass. But it got me thinking about all the things that I took for granted when I was younger, and the ways I can/can’t act now that I’m getting grays and the lines in my face resemble war trenches. Do I look naive anymore? Can […]

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Parenting Without A Manual

Posted by on September 8th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:38pm PDT There are some days when I feel like I have no idea how to parent. You encounter a lot of imponderable stuff when you’re dealing with the formation of a human being. There are so many outcomes based on how strict, […]

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10/10 Would Play: STAR KART!

Posted by on September 6th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I enjoy playing video games when time allows. I’ve just started playing some co-op with my almost seven-year-old and we have a blast making jokes, one-upping each other, and celebrating victories together. We love Star Wars and Mario Kart. So, believe me when I say this video was just THE BEST. Really cool stuff by […]

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Quite Simply The Best Star Wars Commercial

Posted by on September 2nd, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Listen, I don’t like watching bad commercials. They’ve become the thing we skip, if we aren’t streaming or internetting all the time. They make you want to shoot your television. Can you remember your favorite commercials (not from the BIG FOOTBALL GAME every year)? Maybe you’ll remember one or two at the most. This is, […]

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My Wife Just Said… #280

Posted by on August 31st, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

So, we haven’t tried these yet but I can hear it calling my name from the freezer every so often. Like a sweet siren call luring me to the rocky, sugary depths of summertime fun. What’s funny is my wife doesn’t even drink much, if ever. Alcohol makes her tired and cranky. But she purchased […]

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Awkwardness on Full Display

Posted by on August 29th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

This post is sponsored by Cetaphil. A photo posted by Whit Honea (@whithonea) on Aug 3, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT A couple weeks ago, bloggers converged on Los Angeles carrying their laptops and devices to attend a huge convention. These conventions are always a time to come together and share information, to commune without judgment […]

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