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12 Weird & Edgy Family Comics

Posted by on March 28th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A good ol’, safe-for-kids joke has it’s place. Typically in front of kids. However, there’s a vast world of jokes that aren’t safe for kids, but don’t necessarily get super internet-gross or offensive. A funny, happy middle ground between the sweet innocence and sociopathic derangement. Let’s set down the kids-lunch juice box and enjoy a […]

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Counting to Three

Posted by on March 24th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

We don’t all to do it with our kids, but whether it’s counting up or down, a whole friggin’ lot of us parents have. “I’m going to count to three!” As with everything having to do with kids, results will vary wildly for this disciplinary time bomb. Some kids are “you had me at One” and […]

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Who’s Your Favorite? (A Hilarious Interrogation)

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

Parenting isn’t a competition. Well. It shouldn’t be. But, even for parents who work together perfectly, your heart can kind of feel like it got the silver medal and lost a little in some moments. You ask if they want you to read them a story and they say, “I wan’ Mommy to wead to […]

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Minecrack

Posted by on March 16th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

I should have known what was going to happen. I’ve been addicted to… um, IN LOVE WITH Minecraft myself for years, so it shouldn’t have been a shocker for me when I introduced it to my then 5-year-old that he’d go bonkers for it, too. I’m a gamer. My wife is not.  So, when we […]

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The Spark Inside Us

Posted by on March 15th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Mar 10, 2017 at 7:11pm PST My sons, There is an important distinction between being a puppet and the one who creates the magic. When you confuse yourself for your work or your art, you will lose track of the spark that makes you powerful. You animate […]

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Kids Are Masters of Life-Napping (20 GIFs)

Posted by on March 14th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

For people who can fall asleep nearly anywhere (in any position, at any time of day, while doing anything), children sure can be impossible to put to sleep. They’re like little dozing narcoleptics who also have terrible insomnia. To say this is frustrating for parents is like saying the sun is a bit toasty. Sure […]

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Job Description: PARENT

Posted by on March 10th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Job Title: Parent (Mother / Father) Department: Human Development Hours & Schedule: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Location: Everywhere Job Description Updated: Hourly     Position Summary The care and feeding of a miniature human. Backbreaking and mind-numbing manual, mental and emotional labor. Keeping your cool under pressure, […]

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The Five-Year-Old And A New Heart

Posted by on March 9th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

You don’t need to have kids to know what it means to save a life. But watching the possibility of this boy’s life being saved? It’s almost incomprehensibly precious. Get your tissues ready. Meet Ari. After waiting 211 days for a new heart t Boston Children’s Hospital, the call came. The sacrifice necessary to make […]

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The Wall Climb

Posted by on March 7th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Mar 4, 2017 at 1:02pm PST The metaphor just fits. Finn, watching you climb that wall is as close to parenthood as it gets. We watch our children stumble. We entrust their safety, heart and brilliance to others. They come to us when they fail or can’t […]

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Why Don’t Parents Let Kids Swear?

Posted by on February 23rd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Comic by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics My 7-year-old son recently learned some shiny new dirty words and has been asking me about them incessantly. I typically take a pretty casual approach to most of these kinds of subjects, but he kept asking about the meanings, derivations, proper pronunciations and histories of some REALLY fun […]

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