How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Realistic Love Notes for Parents

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I partnered with Plum Organics to bring you this funny, honest look at the realities of parental romance.   There’s really only one thing that changes dramatically when you have a baby: EVERYTHING. Sure we all lose a lot of sleep, money, energy, car keys and brain cells. We don’t tend to blab online about […]

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Kids Talks Backwards, Blows Minds!

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I’m always looking for hints that my kids are superhuman because, you know, they’re related to me. I wonder if they have some kind of special mutation that will make itself known one day. My little X-Men. This Scottish kid has a particular skill that is pretty cool. Not sure how it would be used […]

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My Wife Just Sobbed… #303

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She was obviously in a funk, so I made sure I hadn’t stepped on her emotional toes somehow in a clumsy husband way. But her mood was shadowed by the upcoming school field trip. A sleep-away trip. The school was going to a place in the mountains and the kids would all stay the night […]

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The Side Effects Of Childhood: Embarrassment

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My childhood is littered with moments that I look back on with fondness and sympathy. Yes, I wore glasses, braces, and sweatpants at the same time. Or as I call it, “The Trifecta of Nerd Lifeforce.” My sons, now, carry on this tradition of doing and saying things they will regret one day. But God […]

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I’ll Have a Large Childhood Memory with a Side of Chili, Please

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I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Nexium 24HR. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Nexium 24HR as a product or its effectiveness. Use as directed. May take 1-4 days for full effect.   I had an odd request for my […]

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Not Throwing Away Our Shot

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A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 29, 2017 at 10:06am PST My son fumbled through rap verses of “My Shot” from the musical Hamilton a couple nights ago. He just saw the play in NYC. Orchestra section. You can hear the jealousy in my voice, right? Well, he’s showing us how young, […]

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Toddler’s Guide to a Banana

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Bananas, ‘nanas, nanners or whatever you call them, are often referred to as “nature’s perfect food” because they’re loaded with such good nutrients. Their perfection becomes even perfecter for parents because they can be toted around in a purse or bag as portable, unrefrigerated rations that are actually good for a kid to eat. However, […]

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My Wife Just Said… #302

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In the midst of a crazy time, we all need to take breaks. Sometimes you literally have to force yourself to look away so you can look forward. And sometimes you gotta hang out with furry little creatures who make you feel like the planet is worth living on. These lemurs were a breath of […]

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Dad Jokes Hall of Shame – Visual Edition

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In addition to the vast number of spoken or written dad jokes, there are also some delightful visual puns to make us to burst out in laughter, or sounds resembling groaning or whimpering. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but who wants to listen to all that blah blah blah when it […]

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Dreams Within Dreams

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Even when she's sleeping, she's running through my mind. And yes, she's holding the phone waiting for me to come home. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 25, 2017 at 8:52pm PST I remember being a young boy and waking up suddenly in the middle of the night. I was always so […]

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