How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Miss You Extra

Posted by on February 27th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

Missing you a bit extra today, Dad. Thank you for finding this, @ithrowtp. A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:25pm PST Drinking coffee. Laughing at old movies. Waking up early. Looking around the room when someone farts as if accusing everyone else. A warm hand on my shoulder. These […]

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Why Don’t Parents Let Kids Swear?

Posted by on February 23rd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Comic by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics My 7-year-old son recently learned some shiny new dirty words and has been asking me about them incessantly. I typically take a pretty casual approach to most of these kinds of subjects, but he kept asking about the meanings, derivations, proper pronunciations and histories of some REALLY fun […]

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What R2D2 Had A Voice?

Posted by on February 21st, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

Every parent with a baby has wondered, “What the heck is going on in that little head?” If babies could talk, we’d all likely be surprised by what they had to say. I, for one, think they could hold the answers to some very important questions. So, imagine my surprise when the creative minds behind […]

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Best Invention Ever

Posted by on February 17th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

My car got broken into today and stole basically every electronic item I owned. My expensive laptop? Stolen. Valuable family videos and photos are now gone. Forever. And I don’t really want to post about anything. I literally don’t know what to say. So watch this video of an idiot making a device that serves […]

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My Wife Just Said… #304

Posted by on February 15th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

If I had to guess, nine out of ten of us probably question our abilities as parents on the daily. There’s no guidebook, manual, instructions or even a coloring book on the best ways to parent. Sure, there are lots of experts and gurus out there, but it can feel confusing. My wife usually takes […]

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The Valentine’s Day Curse

Posted by on February 13th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

I have complicated feelings about Valentine’s Day and kids. I don’t want to be a curmudgeon but I feel like it’s bit strange to celebrate. First, it’s an invented moment every year that seems to benefit card companies and flower cartels more than anyone. Second, people without partners or close friends can feel pretty bummed […]

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Lego Batman Pranks Toy Store

Posted by on February 9th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

Batman has always been one of those characters who played things close to the vest. A dark knight. A badass detective. But nothing so far has been as clever as this prank on a toy store. Will Arnett, the voice of LEGO Batman, had to call a toy store and speak words in order from […]

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Kids Talks Backwards, Blows Minds!

Posted by on February 7th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

I’m always looking for hints that my kids are superhuman because, you know, they’re related to me. I wonder if they have some kind of special mutation that will make itself known one day. My little X-Men. This Scottish kid has a particular skill that is pretty cool. Not sure how it would be used […]

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The Side Effects Of Childhood: Embarrassment

Posted by on February 3rd, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

My childhood is littered with moments that I look back on with fondness and sympathy. Yes, I wore glasses, braces, and sweatpants at the same time. Or as I call it, “The Trifecta of Nerd Lifeforce.” My sons, now, carry on this tradition of doing and saying things they will regret one day. But God […]

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Not Throwing Away Our Shot

Posted by on February 1st, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 29, 2017 at 10:06am PST My son fumbled through rap verses of “My Shot” from the musical Hamilton a couple nights ago. He just saw the play in NYC. Orchestra section. You can hear the jealousy in my voice, right? Well, he’s showing us how young, […]

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