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The Toddler Survival Guide You Need

Posted by on August 2nd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Listen, we’re in the kid survival business. Always have been. It’s important to have lots of tools under your belt as a parent. Ignore all the fear-mongering from experts who’d have you believe there’s one right way to do things as a parent. Instead, study the learned ways of parents who’ve been in the trenches, […]

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Are You a Better Parent?

Posted by on July 21st, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Fellow joke teller and new friend of mine, Karen Johnson (The 21st Century SAHM) recently posted this and, though it’s written from the perspective of a mom, it spoke to me as a father. Yelled at me, really. Her words are truly universal to parenting, and they’ve since gone completely bat-shit viral. I’m not at […]

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My Wife Just Said… #319

Posted by on June 5th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. Our three-year-old pushes our seven-year-olds buttons constantly. That wears on us, the tiredest parents, and then we in turn get set off. Does anyone have any advice on how to teach two boys, with very different personalities, to love and respect each other? It’s reached levels that […]

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You’re Such A Good Mum

Posted by on May 24th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

My wife showed me this post yesterday and it really resonated with me. I hope you’ll read it and perhaps take away the same meaning it had for me… A couple of weeks ago a child therapist that I know looked at my kids and said, "You're such a good mum" Feeling… Posted by Constance […]

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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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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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Notorious B.I.G.: Best Babysitter Ever

Posted by on December 21st, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I’ve gone to great lengths to get my kids to sleep or calm down. Shushing, rocking, walking, driving around in a car — you name it and I’ve probably tried it. Each of my sons has very different needs when it comes to sleep, too. One needed sounds and rocking, the other basically just wanted […]

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Dad Trolls Daughters With Google Home

Posted by on December 9th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Listen, I’m not above trolling my kids. Their whole life is dedicated to complicating mine, it seems, so turnabout is fair play. But this might be the most technologically advanced level of trolling I’ve ever seen. Google Home is a really interesting platform. It can do so many things and I find it sort of […]

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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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Parenting Without A Manual

Posted by on September 8th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:38pm PDT There are some days when I feel like I have no idea how to parent. You encounter a lot of imponderable stuff when you’re dealing with the formation of a human being. There are so many outcomes based on how strict, […]

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