How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

The Untold Story of Charlie Brown

Posted by on July 30th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie N Andy HowToBeADad.com (@howtobeadad) on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:13pm PDT Forty-seven years ago tomorrow marks a day, I would venture to say, no one in any of my circle of friends and their circle of friends even knows took place. A week ago, I flew up to Santa Rosa, […]

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3-Year-Old’s First Skateboard Trick!

Posted by on July 28th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Milestones vary in shape and size when you’re raising kids. And we all have ways of measuring our kids’ accomplishments. We mark lines on the doorjambs of life, to record how far they’ve come and things yet to be done. As a former skateboarder, I can say unequivocally that this dad’s video of his son […]

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Diners, Dives & Dribble

Posted by on July 22nd, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Recently, a story hit the news cycle and stirred up a ton of debate online about a certain diner in downtown Portland, and its cheerfully enraged owner, Darla Neugebauer. The debate, at its core, centers around etiquette and proper table manners, which is obviously the most important issue, both foreign or domestic, that could be […]

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My Wife Just Said… #222

Posted by on July 20th, 2015, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Hey Summer Break, I NEED A BREAK!” -Avara   Having kids is like being on an emotional seesaw with poop smells and feelings. You want to spend as much time as you can with them, but too much time together with anything or anyone can be a bit much. There are so many things to get […]

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Hug Life For Real

Posted by on July 17th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Sometimes something so impossibly cute comes across your internet desk (that’s not a thing) that your brain can’t even handle it. I don’t even want to use words or sentences to describe what you’re about to see. It’s too much. It’s just… HUG LIFE. But I will say that you will be starting your weekend […]

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A Movie So Tiny It’s Epic: ANT-MAN!

Posted by on July 16th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid? Do you recall what it felt like to be a small person amongst a forest of tall bodies and sounds? Tomorrow, Ant-man will give you that feeling again, in both fun and size. Tiny-sized Andy enjoyed himself at the #AntMan premiere last night. I had […]

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5 Things My Son Must Do Before I Die

Posted by on July 14th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

I decided, randomly, to start a list of things for my eldest son to do before I die. Not sure why, exactly, but I guess part of the operation of getting older is distilling down things into lists and ordered bullet points. It’s a scam, really, getting older. It presupposes you have any interest in […]

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That Time We Almost Didn’t Come Back

Posted by on July 10th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

They say the sea was where we started. And some of us yearn to go home. My father, when I was a boy, always talked about buying a boat, teaching us some knots and setting out toward the sunset. He would come back from a trip to the Caribbean and other glassy, warm waters, and […]

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My Wife Just Instagrammed… #220

Posted by on July 8th, 2015, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Stop. Drop. AND CUDDLE. If you give Arden anything soft he will immediately stop what he’s doing and put it to the side of his face and snuggle. He’s currently cuddling his stuffed Harry Potter owl❤️ We’ve taught him well @charliecapen” -Avara   When you have a second child, chances are good that both the parents […]

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Family Dinner – Fowl Language Comics

Posted by on July 6th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Fowl Language Comics   I really don’t understand this whole “raising children” thing. I use the “air quotes” because it feels like my version of parenting is false and just wrong. My older son is a VERY picky eater and the subject of fruits and vegetables is so contentious that I am almost at the […]

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