How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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Our commentary, our experiments, our failures (more often than not) and our experiences in the field. Except for the ones our wives won’t let us share. This is our lives as dads.

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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100 Years of Dangerous & Banned Toys

Posted by on July 24th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or a finger, or gets cancer. Wait. WHAT?! Before I begin, I must admit that I’ve got a slight nagging worry that the only non-digital toys my children’s children will be legally allowed to play with are… well, none. Not even dirt. Or biodegradable gummy […]

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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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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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A Father’s Shadow

Posted by on June 19th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

When a man becomes a father he suddenly casts a larger shadow. One that grows bigger with the years. One that poops and pees everywhere. Keeps him awake at night. Bangs things and breaks them. A shadow that follows him, watches him, learns from him and tries to do what he does, tries to stand […]

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5 Videos Describe Parenting In Under 10 Seconds

Posted by on June 18th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Many people yell at email us with very deep, introspective questions about fatherhood and parenting. Today, we’d like to address some of these questions head on in the most effective manner the internet can handle: short, silly videos in a list format. Most of us are so concerned with getting this parenting thing right, we […]

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The Little Terrible Runaway

Posted by on June 17th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

  Sorre i haf to go a way. I Am sorre! I Love you But you Love me to. Buy Buy 💔 😢   He sat there sniffling on the sidewalk in front of our house. His long and bold journey away from the pain and torment of home was only the length of our […]

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