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.

Pizza Is Its Own Food Pyramid (3 Comics)

Posted by on March 1st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

When I was a teenager, I could eat an entire large pizza by myself. Not a (violent air quotes) “large” pizza, but an honest-to-hugeness LARGE pizza. It took time, of course. And probably a violation of the laws of physics somehow. Heck, I love pizza so much, I once flew back from New York with […]

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7 Dads Share Their Movie Inheritance

Posted by on February 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Dads speak in a language all their own. For me and my father, our language was a combination of inside jokes, movie quotes and a shorthand we found from our experiences together. I was thinking about him the other day, all the movies he made me watch and the unique dialect we spoke. We laughed […]

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Thanks For The Parenting Advice!

Posted by on February 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

As you may or may not know, HowToBeADad.com is a collector and distributor of the most important, helpful parenting advice known to man. We scour the internet looking for the best and brightest ideas to make your parenting better. If you don’t parent just right, it could have profound and devastating effects on your children. […]

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Why Dads with Sons Should Care About Girls’ Issues

Posted by on January 28th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Alright, dads of boys. I know what you’re thinking. ‘I’m so busy with my son’s schoolwork, sports, dance classes, tutoring, LEGO pieces on the floor, and every other damn thing, that it’s hard enough parenting a boy, imagining what it would be like to have a daughter would be insane.’ I get that. But you […]

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40 Awesome Things About Andy Herald

Posted by on January 26th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s not often you get to meet people who are that rare combination of funny and smart. They’re like some kind of misunderstood unicorn. It makes you wonder how they managed juggling both traits, which inevitably makes you some form of envious or angry because you’re not quite either of them, and definitely not both. […]

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The Funny(?) Ways Kids Mess-use Things

Posted by on January 18th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

We partnered with OxiClean to bring you this post, because they’re so often the right tool for the parenting job.   You wouldn’t use a dog brush and whipped cream to brush your teeth. Unless you were a kid. “The right tool for the right job” is an expression that kids sort of take and […]

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Morning Swell

Posted by on January 12th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 8, 2016 at 11:51am PST For distinct periods of time as a boy, I can remember my father waking up before dawn, and sometimes his very presence would urge me out of bed. I don’t exactly remember why I knew I had to wake up, or […]

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The Heights of Growing Up

Posted by on January 4th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

We teamed up with Clorox to tell you some stories of the trials and treats of parenthood.   We want them to grow up, it’s our job as parents, but at the same time we soon learn how bitter-sweet it can be. When their tiny little fists let go of our thumbs. When we can’t […]

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Gift Card Hacks: 8 Ways We’ll Prove It’s More Than a Piece of Plastic

Posted by on December 22nd, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Gift cards. They seem impersonal and rushed, but the truth is they’re the swiss army knife of gifting. If only we could transform the gift-card-giving experience into something that makes the process feel both meaningful and practical. I know I change my mind a great deal, so the whole concept of the gift card gives […]

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A Little Boy’s Very Cute First Time as Santa

Posted by on December 17th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

I partnered up with Target to share this adorable new chapter in my son’s Christmas experiences.   My little son is 6 and a half now, and he’s really starting to get how the whole gift giving thing works. Beyond receiving as many of them as he possibly can. He’s in that vague place between […]

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