How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Walking Amongst Giants

Posted by on June 30th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Our childhoods are littered with moments when we felt small and everything else felt so big. The movies we watched. The stories we read. The people we met. The relativity of size, distance and depth was always on display, being a little kid person, and it seems many of us have forgotten what it means […]

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Dadding Smarter, Not Harder

Posted by on June 29th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Necessity may be the “mother of all invention” but laziness is its father. At least for me. I know dads don’t have the market cornered on lazy ingenuity, of course. And it’s not really “laziness” to have a lip-chewing dislike for performing a thousand tedious tasks, a million times over and over again, throughout the […]

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The Antidote

Posted by on June 28th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

One of the hardest parts about being human is our inability to travel forward or backward in time on a whim, to gain instant perspective. We can look at our day or our month. We can look through the telescope of our mind at these moments scattered about us, but how does time affect our […]

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My Wife Just Said… #271

Posted by on June 27th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

I can’t really contradict her. Not when I have days where my zipper was down more than it was up. And, it’s true, there’s also my lovely fart-singing voice. We live in a world where adulthood isn’t the pressed slacks and wingtip shoes it used to be. For a lot of us, now it’s a […]

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How To Fail Beautifully

Posted by on June 24th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I’ve talked a bunch about trying to teach my older son the value of losing and making mistakes. It’s been a battle. I’ve given him lots of examples of how losing or failing can lead to bigger or more sustained success, but he still can’t quite grasp the concept. Instead, I’m thinking of just showing […]

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Then and Now for Parenthood (6 Fowl Comics)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Like holding a tiny, saved onsie up to your lanky growth-spurting kid, it’s fascinating to compare the way parenthood and family was to how they are now. We can take a more focused view of our family, when we ourselves first had a babies vs when they became kids, and we can widen the perspective […]

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The World’s Largest Nerf Gun Is The Only Toy You Need

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

When you’re a kid, the world is larger than life. So you reenact the adult world and all its glory: foot races, gunfights, negotiations, playing house — the full continuum, as far as you’re concerned, is up for grabs during playtime. Generationally, however, it now seems we’re predisposed to reversing the order. We want all […]

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6AM TODDLER Energy Beverage (Bad Product Idea #20)

Posted by on June 21st, 2016, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, SNAPSHOTS

​ ​One might think this was actually a good product idea. Maybe the best energy drink ever conceived, but no. So shower-cry sadly it is not. This energy drink wouldn’t turbocharge you with raw pulse-pounding power when you wanted it. 110% nope. Every kid-owner already knows. No matter what time of day or night, it’d […]

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Dad Jokes Hall of Shame – Part 4

Posted by on June 17th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means! A full-on, consequence-free license to Dad Joke at will! A lot of you loved/hated the

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Forest of Memories

Posted by on June 16th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jun 11, 2016 at 9:42pm PDT Around five years ago, I got my son Finn’s name inscribed on my arm by this man, Dr. Woo. Last weekend, I got myself an early Father’s Day present and etched Arden’s name on my other arm. It felt like things […]

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