How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

NOTEBOOK

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.

What If Real Life Were A Video Game?

Posted by on June 21st, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Listen, I like video games as much as the next dad. But I’ve always wanted a life as simple and precise as a video game. Sure, my life can feel like a game; I lose and gain points. I level up occasionally. I find myself facing new worlds of challenge. Now, we are at the […]

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A Link to Fatherhood

Posted by on June 15th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

The ‘hero’s journey’ concept is something that’s always been on my mind to some degree but even more so lately. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the increased turmoil our world faces every day, seeing Wonder Woman and nearly crying my eyes out when she decided to single-handedly face down an […]

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We Are The Weird

Posted by on June 9th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:08pm PDT I started a new job a couple months ago. It was a leap of faith in many ways because the work this company does and the goal it’s aiming to achieve are both unique. When I tried to describe it to […]

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Box of Imagination

Posted by on June 1st, 2017, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

Amazing comic by The Awkward Yeti, a must-follow (his Facebook). – Kids have wild and vibrant imaginations. Imaginations that also have some seriously long-distance endurance. Nearly any adult playing pretend or listening to a kid tell a story they’re making up as-they-go can start to look around with slightly frantic eyes after a while, looking […]

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You’re Such A Good Mum

Posted by on May 24th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

My wife showed me this post yesterday and it really resonated with me. I hope you’ll read it and perhaps take away the same meaning it had for me… A couple of weeks ago a child therapist that I know looked at my kids and said, "You're such a good mum" Feeling… Posted by Constance […]

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When A 3-Year-Old Knows More Than Most Adults

Posted by on May 12th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

It’s no secret kids say and do the darnedest things. But sometimes they end up teaching us more than we could’ve imagined. This little girl knows more than I do about cars, at this point. I’m sure of it. I would pay many cookies if she could help figure out the leak under my car. […]

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Extreme Tips for Over-Protecting Your Kids

Posted by on May 3rd, 2017, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, NOTEBOOK

I’ve joined forces with Responsibility.org as one of their paid ambassadors for their TalkEarly campaign, which is about, well… talking early about alcohol responsibility with your kids. Cheers!   We all want to protect our kids’ innocence as long as possible. On one hand, we’re there to protect them; on the other hand, we’re supposed […]

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The Zen of Family Camping

Posted by on April 26th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Apr 25, 2017 at 5:10pm PDT Last weekend, we ejected out of the urban sprawl and divebombed headlong into nature. It was our first time camping as a whole family. Last year, I took Finn on his first mountain adventure, just the two of us. But it […]

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​Surviving Being a Passenger When Your Spouse Is Driving

Posted by on April 21st, 2017, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

​ Okay. Maybe they’re not terrible, crazy drivers (unlikely). Maybe it’s because we’re used to driving ourselves (probably not). Maybe your faith in their skill is shaky because they just hit their head on the fridge door or asked you where something was while they were holding it in their hand (now we’re talkin’). Whatever […]

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My Easter Bunny Just Said… #312

Posted by on April 17th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID...", NOTEBOOK

Here’s a pretty funny story about how my wife, EHEM! I mean, the EASTER BUNNY got a little tripped up this year. Our 7-year-old woke early Easter morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Which of course means my wife and I also woke, but a little more like roadkill. He rushed to the kitchen, with us stumbling […]

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