How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

A Word from an Older B(r)other

Posted by on April 24th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

Another installment from my Instagram account, @CharlieCapen. It’s my place to capture things as they come to me, in the moment, and unleash shitloads of typos on the world. But mainly, it’s a journal for my two boys. Here’s another entry from it that I wanted to share with you. “Finn, let me apologize now […]

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5 Things I Miss About Being Childless

Posted by on April 22nd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Becoming a parent was one of the most important and transformative things that has ever happened in my life. I can’t understate how much it’s changed me. I don’t think I ever truly understood what it meant to platonically love another human being until I had my boys. That being said… There are moments when […]

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My Kid Just Said… #45

Posted by on April 18th, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“”Why does she sound like Darth Vader?” -Finn (2014, 4.5 years old)   Children oversimplify things. It’s just what they roll. My son was out with my wife while she ran some errands. A lady came up to them and asked them a question. She must’ve had some previous esophageal cancer or larynx ailment because […]

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An Interview with my Son: 30 Years from Now

Posted by on April 16th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I write too much about the present and the past. I’m stuck here, most days, too tired to dip into the future. So, I’m making this post an exercise in time travel. Sometimes, I look into my sons’ eyes and see moments we haven’t yet had. It’s thrilling. And terrifying. I snapped at Finn tonight […]

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My Wife Just Texted… #156

Posted by on April 14th, 2014, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

My wife and I meet in the middle on many things. Sometimes, it’s compromise. But most often we have the exact same thought about situations, people and decision-making. It’s a good thing we’re both geeks because neither of us would be a catch outside of our own geeky world. And by that I mean me. […]

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A Journal Within A Journal

Posted by on April 10th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

For the past five months, I’ve been writing in a different place and trying to record some of the things I want my boys to know. The impetus behind starting this site for me, however, was always a place to talk about the topics at hand and make fun of just about everything. I love […]

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Winnie The Vader Is The Coolest

Posted by on April 8th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

I’ve read so many comic books, kids’ picture books and everything in between that I can’t help imagining random mashups of characters and plot lines. It was inevitable. One of my favorite mashups was done by an amazing artist who put Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars together. The result was amazing. Wookiee the Chew […]

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A Decade

Posted by on April 4th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Ten years ago, I eloped with a girl who honestly should’ve known better. Through all of my hardships and successes, my insanity and creativity — she stuck with me. Thank you for your unequaled support and love, Avara. I’m better for having known you. Love, Dingle AKA Doodle AKA Shmoop AKA Skiddy AKA Doo AKA […]

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My Kid Just Said… #43

Posted by on April 2nd, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“I like Arden more than Lightning McQueen. And the entire universe.” -Finn (2014, 4 years old)   These two are ridiculous. Can you even take it? I’ve told everyone who’s asked that I knew I would have two brothers if we had two kids. Whether it’s karmic or just the luck of the draw, it […]

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My Wife Just Said… #154

Posted by on March 31st, 2014, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Is there a class called ‘How to burp a sleeping baby without waking them up’?… cause sign me up!” -Avara   The riddles of parenting are many and dumb. Parenting is such a beautiful and bothersome thing. It can take everything you’ve got, and then it asks for more. Sure, there are lots of rewards and […]

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