How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Recognizing Your Parents…

Posted by on September 30th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Arden, I've had this beard for 99.9999% of your little life. Honestly, I'm worried what would happen if I shaved it. I remember when I first met your mom I couldn't even grow this crazy thing. It was patchy and took months to even show up as fuzz. Good luck growing your own face sweater, […]

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​First Mars, Then a Galaxy Far Far Away

Posted by on September 29th, 2016, under "MY KID JUST SAID...", SNAPSHOTS

​I’d been seeing little bits and pieces about Elon Musk’s announcement at the International Astronautical Congress (see article/video) to put plans into hyperdrive for Mars manned missions and even colonization. With the goal of getting us blasted off in less than a decade, he stated, “I really have no other purpose than to make [human] […]

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That Time Tom Hanks Crashed Your Wedding

Posted by on September 28th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Did you have a dream of what your wedding would look like? Did you imagine Tom Hanks would be there? Well, for this couple, that dream became reality. Now, I eloped with my wife because apparently I’m not big on pomp and circumstance, but there’s a part of me that wishes we had done the […]

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Our Parents Had It Sooooooo Easy

Posted by on September 27th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

You know that old “back in my day” line, where older folks grumble about how hard they had it; carrying half a library, barefoot for ten miles to school, uphill both ways, that sort of thing? Well, you don’t hear too much from them like that about how they had it as parents. Earlier generations […]

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What I Say VERSUS What My Kid Hears

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

The number one waste of oxygen on the planet is parents telling their kids things. Probably. Something seems to get lost in translation from the moment sound leaves a parents lips to their kids’ banana-filled ears on the way to the blank slates of the perpetual-imagination machines in their little round heads. Most kids’ ability […]

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He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 13, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT How does this happen? I need answers. I feel like Geppetto and my marionette son is becoming a real boy. But the truth is I’m the dummy. Every day is a process of chipping away my own woodenness as a parent. […]

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If the Harry Potter Books Were Written From Voldmort’s Perspective

Posted by on September 21st, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

  SPOLER ALERT: For anyone who hasn’t read all of the books… what have you been doing with your life!?! Sorry I mean, c’mon! Anyway. If you’re not done with the books, click here.   I recently began the wondrous adventure of reading the Harry Potter books to my 7-year-old son. We raced through the […]

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This Dad Gets It

Posted by on September 20th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

The following was posted on Facebook and shared into my feed last night. It sums up something I’ve been going through with my older son. Though Finn isn’t autistic he is a special brand of human: sensitive, brilliant, quirky, analytical, impulsive, hilarious. And this boy, below, seems like a brother from another mother. But I […]

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My Wife Just Said… #283

Posted by on September 19th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

No one wants to be that nutty parent with fevered spittle flying off their lips as they scream unheard tips and cheers from the sidelines to their kid. But that doesn’t seem to stop them. It’s hard not to get swept up in the game when your kid is playing, to be so invested that […]

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This Singing Kid Is My Life

Posted by on September 16th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

This has been a long week, too. Life has been a tough go, and even some of the joyful things have been brutal. This kid is everything. He commits to singing these ABCs even it apparently causes him physical pain or something. Sure, I get very nervous singing in front of people. It’s sort of […]

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