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 Hairdresser Who Stole My Little Boy

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

It had been a long while since my son had a haircut. It really wasn’t for any other reason than procrastination and the fact that he just didn’t give a single bother. His hair was swiftly approaching a Musketeer’s length, though, so we started trying to work a haircut into our busy summer schedule (and […]

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The Toddler Survival Guide You Need

Posted by on August 2nd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Listen, we’re in the kid survival business. Always have been. It’s important to have lots of tools under your belt as a parent. Ignore all the fear-mongering from experts who’d have you believe there’s one right way to do things as a parent. Instead, study the learned ways of parents who’ve been in the trenches, […]

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Are You a Better Parent?

Posted by on July 21st, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Fellow joke teller and new friend of mine, Karen Johnson (The 21st Century SAHM) recently posted this and, though it’s written from the perspective of a mom, it spoke to me as a father. Yelled at me, really. Her words are truly universal to parenting, and they’ve since gone completely bat-shit viral. I’m not at […]

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Serious Subjects Can Get Seriously Silly with Kids

Posted by on July 18th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

When you tackle a subject with your kid that’s one of the more life-lessonie topics, it can be pretty dang interesting. You start to find out what they have -100 clues about, and what they’ve picked up from wherever. But, like a lollipop that rolled under the couch, sometimes some pretty unusual stuff sticks to […]

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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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