How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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Goodnight, Butt

Posted by on January 26th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

It’s easy to get laughs making jokes about how horrific kids can be about going to bed, and it can be throbbing-forehead-vein frustrating when it’s so late you know with dread that they’re just going to rise like cranky zombies at their usual butt crack of dawn. But there are also those really sweet moments. […]

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The Profoundness of Children

Posted by on April 4th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Apr 2, 2017 at 3:07pm PDT We sat on a bench watching the trees sway in the wind and heard the birds chirp. It felt like something we could’ve done for hours. These calm moments, these reflective pools of emotion don’t visit too often for parents and […]

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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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Not Throwing Away Our Shot

Posted by on February 1st, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

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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Dreams Within Dreams

Posted by on January 26th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

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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Back in the Saddle

Posted by on January 18th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:48pm PST The next four days, kid. You and me. On our own. My wife and older son are heading to New York tomorrow for four days to go on an adventure. My wife rarely gets to travel let alone have time with […]

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The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

Posted by on December 29th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us. Yes, the start of a new year and a chance to rekindle our hopes for all the things. So much is riding on this moment. What if this year isn’t better? What if we fail on our resolutions? The pressure mounts. But what if it’s just another tick […]

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Say Goodnight

Posted by on November 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I don’t feel like being funny or clever or inspirational or right or wrong or angry or sad or political or fatherly or parental or protective or judgmental. Donald Trump is a joke. But it’s never been funny. Sorry, America. I’m tired. I’m going to pick my kids up from school. I’m going sit with […]

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Recognizing Your Parents…

Posted by on September 30th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Arden, I've had this beard for 99.9999% of your little life. Honestly, I'm worried what would happen if I shaved it. I remember when I first met your mom I couldn't even grow this crazy thing. It was patchy and took months to even show up as fuzz. Good luck growing your own face sweater, […]

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He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 13, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT How does this happen? I need answers. I feel like Geppetto and my marionette son is becoming a real boy. But the truth is I’m the dummy. Every day is a process of chipping away my own woodenness as a parent. […]

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