How to Be a Dad

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Forest of Memories

Posted by on June 16th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jun 11, 2016 at 9:42pm PDT Around five years ago, I got my son Finn’s name inscribed on my arm by this man, Dr. Woo. Last weekend, I got myself an early Father’s Day present and etched Arden’s name on my other arm. It felt like things […]

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Reality Sometimes Bites

Posted by on May 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

We all grow up wondering what our futures will be, but the cast of 1994’s Reality Bites had the market cornered on wandering thoughts about the subject. Some of the characters were more committed to the idea that they should be something while others languished in the feeling that it was all a bullshit system […]

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What Would It Be Like

Posted by on May 19th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Sitting in the darkness of a campsite, stars above and the light of a campfire licking my face, I was struck with a thought that made me feel like I was living an alternate future. I stared harder into the flowering flames. What if social media hadn’t been invented? Boys, this is my happy place. […]

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When They Outgrow You

Posted by on May 5th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

May 1st, 2016: The date when you started drawing better than I could, Finn. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on May 1, 2016 at 9:54am PDT Do you remember that scene in Raising Arizona when H.I. had a dream that stretched far into the future? It was the end of the movie and […]

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6yo’s EMOTIONAL First-Time Reaction to Return of the Jedi (Video)

Posted by on May 4th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

The love for Luke Skywalker is STRONG with this one! We definitely underestimated the power of his love, and the impact Return of the Jedi would have on him. We were completely taken by surprise by his emotional reaction at the end. (Don’t judge: my wife couldn’t find the remote to pause it!) It was […]

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My Wife Just Said… #262

Posted by on April 25th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Cuddles. Get ’em when you can.❤” –Avara   The older your kids get, the faster and more painfully distant they can become. I know I’m whiling away the hours and days before my sons push off into the vast seas of young adulthood. They will never know what it’s like to have a father who couldn’t […]

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5 Reasons My Single Mom Helped Me Become A Better Father

Posted by on April 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the White House. From morning until the early evening, we heard from panels of educators, researchers, marketers, brand representatives and parents all talking about the topic of gender disparity and stereotypes that face our children. We heard how girls are driven to great lengths to achieve […]

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Maybe You’re The Problem

Posted by on March 4th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s been weeks of fighting illness in my house, and the hits just keep on coming. We’ve been to doctor’s offices, urgent care lobbies and laid in beds with fevers over 103 degrees. Then my youngest was hit like a freight-train by an 8-year-old on the asphalt jungle of my older son’s school playground during […]

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7 Dads Share Their Movie Inheritance

Posted by on February 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Dads speak in a language all their own. For me and my father, our language was a combination of inside jokes, movie quotes and a shorthand we found from our experiences together. I was thinking about him the other day, all the movies he made me watch and the unique dialect we spoke. We laughed […]

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40 Awesome Things About Andy Herald

Posted by on January 26th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s not often you get to meet people who are that rare combination of funny and smart. They’re like some kind of misunderstood unicorn. It makes you wonder how they managed juggling both traits, which inevitably makes you some form of envious or angry because you’re not quite either of them, and definitely not both. […]

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