How to Be a Dad

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Miss You Extra

Posted by on February 27th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

Missing you a bit extra today, Dad. Thank you for finding this, @ithrowtp. A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:25pm PST Drinking coffee. Laughing at old movies. Waking up early. Looking around the room when someone farts as if accusing everyone else. A warm hand on my shoulder. These […]

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Dad Dancing His Baby to “Beat It” Is Priceless

Posted by on February 16th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

Baby’s are absolutely wonderful. But let’s face it, they can also be pretty boring. They need a lot of care and changing and feeding, of course, but when they don’t, things can occasionally get a little slow. Sure, when they’re really little everything is exciting. Flexing teeny fingers, speaking dolphin, crossing their eyes, making a […]

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Playtime Level: Dad

Posted by on December 20th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Dads can be pretty silly when it’s playtime. Sometimes we can get SO into it, we take it to the next level, then chug some coffee or an energy drink and keep on plowing passed as many levels as we possibly can. With holiday gift giving just days away, I’m sure there will be plenty […]

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Dad Fashion

Posted by on November 30th, 2016, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

[ click images to view larger ]   The “flat lay” above showcases a fairly iconic dad outfit and demonstrates how style can get pretty meh when you become the co-creator of a freshly-made human. Your hairstyle might now be best described as “appears to have been in a bar fight.” An important fashion choice […]

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Dad Hits The Gym(nastics)

Posted by on November 23rd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Nothing says holiday gorging fun like trying to mimic your kids’ gymnastic skill as an adult. This dad is top shelf rad, trying to copy his daughter’s gymnastic routines and practice. A huge component of fatherhood is attempting the impossible and having a good attitude in the attempt. Love this. Should we make this a […]

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Dad Turns His Son’s Drawings Into Oddmazing Reality

Posted by on October 27th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

We parents have to go through an awful parental edition of Pictionary. You know, that high-stress guessing game that begins when your kid hands you a drawing they drawed just for you? “A chair! A cat? Um, a tractor? Is it a camel? Uhhhhh… a clown???” You either guess it right or get sternly corrected […]

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Are Men Just Children?

Posted by on August 17th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jul 24, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT To the woman in the grocery store who came over to my wife while I was with my kids: I would like to apologize. You grinned, pointed at me and asked my wife, “Did you know you have three kids?” I […]

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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 Emotional Moments When Military Fathers Come Home

Posted by on June 7th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

With Memorial Day just behind us and Father’s Day right around the corner, I found myself thinking about what it would’ve been like if I’d served in the Armed Forces. The first thing that struck me — and I must confess that it had never really fully hit me before — was how much I’d […]

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Dads Carry The Weight Of Their Worlds

Posted by on June 2nd, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I was talking with a friend yesterday, and we happened on the subject of the dumb dad stereotype. For some reason, advertisers and a substantial number of uninformed people around the world continue to think dads are simply non-committal buffoons one breath away from maiming or ruining their children. Which I get, because I can […]

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