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How To Be A Dad

  • freshWhat If Real Life Were A Video Game?
    Listen, I like video games as much as the next dad. But I’ve always wanted a life as simple and precise as a video game. Sure, my life can feel like a game; I lose and gain points. I level up occasionally. I find myself facing new worlds of challen…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 2:17am -
  • A Wild Baby Attack with a Chocolate Milk Ending
    Here we see dramatic video footage of a mom’s boob being viciously attacked by her ravenous newborn! No, not really! Haha! But her adorable little daughter, Ava, seemed to think so. When she toddles into the hospital room where she caught her mom b…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jun 17, 11:03pm -
  • My Wife Just Said… #321
    When you’re a parent, sometimes milestones come in the form of poop, smiling, throwing up and even your kid’s choice of underwear. Finn has always had the coolest clothes. We wears stuff I wish they had in adult sizes. So when he said he was “d…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 12:20pm -
  • 28 Completely Unnecessarily Honest Notes from Kids
    The other day my 7-year-old son and I were headed home from an errand, and he asked me if we had time to play when we got home. I told him, sure, but when we started talking about what we would play, he started disqualifying certain things. “We sho…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jun 17, 12:22am -
  • A Link to Fatherhood
    The ‘hero’s journey’ concept is something that’s always been on my mind to some degree but even more so lately. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the increased turmoil our world faces every day, seeing Wonder Woman and nearly cryin…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 12:13am -
  • World’s Greatest Mom Is Hilarious (6 Clips)
    The German comedienne, Martina Hill, does a ton of wild and amazing short comedy sketches. The fact that these are not in English will matter not one single solitary bit, trust me! The humor is so universal, they transcend language and it’s absolut…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 4:04am -
  • This Swedish Guard Is Every Parent
    You’re walking around the house in the middle of the night during your standard issue bathroom visit, snack break or sleepwalking. And what should befall you in the shadowy corners of your home? A LEGO PIECE UNDERFOOT. Yes, strategically placed for…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 9:31pm -
  • My Wife Just Lost It… #320
    In the fevered rush to get ready for summer break, sometimes you have a bit of an emotional break. Getting schooling and homework all done, projects, rehearsals for the end of school show, plus every other goddam thing in the life of a child wrangler…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 7:32pm -
  • We Are The Weird
    A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:08pm PDT I started a new job a couple months ago. It was a leap of faith in many ways because the work this company does and the goal it’s aiming to achieve are both unique. When I…
    - 12 days ago, 10 Jun 17, 12:23am -

Daddy Types

  • Baby's First Mall Hangout
    <p><img alt="kid_porcupine_quill.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/kid_porcupine_quill.jpg" width="500" height="667" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>Oh things are quiet around…
    - 37 days ago, 16 May 17, 3:30pm -
  • Pour One Out For Baby Daddy IPA
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">enjoying the last batch of <a href="https://twitter.com/SpeakeasyBeer">@SpeakeasyBeer</a>, fixture of olde 90s SF <a href="https://t.co/JJHJu1QEIJ">pic.twitter.com/JJHJu1QEIJ</a>…
    - 12 Mar 17, 7:11pm -
  • Look At Where We Are. Look At Where We Started.
    <p><img alt="cakepop_emoji.png" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/cakepop_emoji.png" width="320" height="160" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>One day you're checking into the hospit…
    - 23 Feb 17, 12:41pm -
  • Bambinooo By Cucula: Enzo Mari X Refugee Colabo
    <p><img alt="cucula_bambinooo_kids_bench.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/archive/cucula_bambinooo_kids_bench.jpg" width="500" height="500" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" /></p><p>In late 201…
    - 21 Feb 17, 2:59am -
  • Eliot Porter Photograph Of His Son
    <p><a href="http://daddytypes.com/archive/eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990.jpg"><img alt="eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/assets_c/2017/02/eliot_porter_baby_swann_723990-thumb-525x688-15276.jpg" width="525" height="688" c…
    - 9 Feb 17, 11:43am -
  • The Top 10 Humidifiers To Get When Your 9yo Has Croup
    <p>It's 10 o'clock on Saturday night, and your 9yo is making agony faces like a telenovela diva and barking like a seal colony because she's got croup.</p><p>What are the best humidifiers to buy so your kid, and by extension, you and the rest of th…
    - 6 Feb 17, 4:59pm -
  • GET 2017 HEALTH COVERAGE TODAY THROUGH THE ACA
    <p>The deadline for applying for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is tonight, January 31st. If you need or want health insurance for 2017, go register at <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov">HealthCare.gov TODAY. LIKE RIGHT NOW.</a></p>…
    - 1 Feb 17, 12:43am -
  • Assemble Also Does Adventure Playgrounds
    <p><a href="http://daddytypes.com/archive/assemble_baltic_street_playground.jpg"><img alt="assemble_baltic_street_playground.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/assets_c/2017/01/assemble_baltic_street_playground-thumb-525x349-15273.jpg" width="525" heigh…
    - 19 Jan 17, 5:57pm -
  • The Brutalist Playground Open At Vitra Design Museum
    <p><a href="http://daddytypes.com/archive/brutalist_playground_sheffield_install_alun_bull_RIBA.jpg"><img alt="brutalist_playground_sheffield_install_alun_bull_RIBA.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/assets_c/2017/01/brutalist_playground_sheffield_insta…
    - 19 Jan 17, 4:26pm -
  • Daddy On Board
    <p><a href="http://daddytypes.com/archive/dads_important_bryancoffelt.jpg"><img alt="dads_important_bryancoffelt.jpg" src="http://daddytypes.com/assets_c/2017/01/dads_important_bryancoffelt-thumb-525x525-15267.jpg" width="525" height="525" class="mt-…
    - 14 Jan 17, 7:25pm -

Ask Your Dad Blog

  • 8 Positive Wonder Woman Toys - Dad Picks (Mom Edition)
    Hey everyone! Stevie here. I asked John if I could write this round-up because of how much I have loved Wonder Woman lately.Here's the thing, my daughter has always loved super heroes. For years she cycled through all her favorite Justice League ch…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Jun 17, 9:04pm -
  • 10 Best Star Wars Toys for Kids - Dad Picks
    We're a Star Wars Family. It was one of my stipulations of becoming a family. I said, "Stevie, we can make tiny humans, but I need to be able to buy them lots of Star Wars stuff. She really wanted to make tiny humans, and moderately enjoyed Star Wars…
    - 25 days ago, 28 May 17, 7:36pm -
  • Sleep and Hard Decisions
    Sometimes the sponsored posts are fun. I get to try something new, sync up with a bunch of cool people, and make a few bucks to keep this blog running. This one was not as fun. It brought up some hard decisions. It caused some difficult discussions.…
    - 55 days ago, 28 Apr 17, 3:15pm -
  • Things We Tried - Do Your Part(ner) Follow Up!
    This post is sponsored by my long-time friends at Plum Organics.So a few weeks ago Stevie and I made a fun video and took the Plum Organics Pledge to Do Your Part(ner). The pledge wasn’t just to get jiggy with it (yes I just typed that) but also t…
    - 27 Feb 17, 10:39pm -
  • Stevie and John Talk about Sex, and Being Parents, and Kids, and Stuff [Video]
    This post is sponsored by my long-time friends at Plum Organics.So… yeah. A baby food brand asked me to create a post about sex. Why? (You and I both ask simultaneously?) Well, I believe the first reason is that sex means more babies and babies l…
    - 10 Feb 17, 3:54pm -
  • Horrible Moments in Parenting #3569
    Last week during dinner I was trying to ask Duchess about her day and she matter-of-factly told me that she didn't feel like talking. A few minutes later she had chewed her tortilla into the shape of a star and was remarkably proud of herself. "Loo…
    - 27 Jan 17, 3:43pm -
  • The King of Soup is Me
    I have partnered with Life of Dad and Idahoan® Foods for this campaign, but all opinions expressed above are unbiased and true. For instance, the soup is actually as good as I say it is. Seriously. It's exceed all my expectations.It's January an…
    - 26 Jan 17, 3:56pm -
  • In Defense of Santa
    The other day, a buddy of mine posted an article about how lying to your kids about Santa is bad for them. He agreed with the article. I disagreed. We're still friends. No big deal. BUT at one point in the conversation he said, "I still have yet to f…
    - 9 Dec 16, 5:52pm -
  • 3 Simple Reasons Why Voting is Important
    I wrote this in 2008. I still believe every word of it. Voting is important. It is our obligation. It is our privilege. It is what makes us American.Why I Vote ( Written November 2008) I voted early yesterday. I stood in line for forty-five minutes…
    - 31 Oct 16, 2:45pm -
  • I Still Believe
    Last night I went to a political debate at the middle school near my house. There, my friend Zach Robinson sat with his Republican opponent Robert Spendlove at table in front of about 40 people. The two of them talked about what mattered to them, and…
    - 14 Oct 16, 2:53am -

Beta Dad

  • #BeTheSolution to End Domestic Violence
    I have a lot of disclosures to make. This is a sponsored post, which means, yes, I'm getting paid for it. Also, I have to disclose that I tried to back out of writing it because I didn't think I had anything to add to the conversation. I was supposed…
    - 12 Dec 14, 8:46pm -
  • SHE ALWAYS GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT!
    One day I went to the Celebration of Writing.It was today actually; but as I learned at the event, good stories usually start with "One day..."The participants were the 26 kids in my girls' kindergarten class. They had been working on writing and…
    - 14 Nov 14, 8:15am -
  • Champagne Girls!
    I wrote something for the New York Times today, and they called me a blogger. So here I am, posting something on my blog!This pretty much explains everything about my kids these days.The kids are in kindergarten now, and loving it. We did…
    - 31 Oct 14, 3:23pm -
  • Talking about Death and Asking for Help
    In a few hours, my wife and I are meeting with a lawyer to sign the final version of the living will we set up for our kids. A couple weeks ago, we sat down in a comfy law office and hashed out the details of who would take care of our kids, our medi…
    - 27 Jun 14, 3:22pm -
  • Good Morning, Five-Year-Olds
    My mom still calls my sisters and me on the eves of our respective birthdays to say, "Goodnight, x-year-old." Then the next day, she calls again and says, "Good morning x+1-year-old!" She's been doing that since before I was born, I think. But she di…
    - 25 Jun 14, 8:44pm -
  • The Mother's Day Father's Day Birthday Post.
    There is so much stuff I've meant to write here, but I just can't seem to get around to it. I've been doing quite a bit of freelancing, and carpentry, and parenting, and volunteer stuff for the school where the girls will go to kindergarten next year…
    - 10 Jun 14, 5:38pm -
  • Remember Four and Three Quarters
    We're having good days these days; some of them back-to-back.It's a jinx to mention this, I know;But a curse to forgetWe've had self-control,Backed away from the bitter brink,Negotiated like neighborly nation states.It's a sweet spot.Even th…
    - 21 Mar 14, 8:50am -
  • Just in case you thought I was dead
    Hi! I'm not dead! I've been really busy building stuff and doing kid stuff, and doing some writing, but not so much in this space. Life is full and rich and interesting and dizzying. This just occurred to me: Kids, like grownups, are sometimes inco…
    - 5 Mar 14, 6:32pm -
  • The Time I Took My Daughters to Hooters
    I had hoped I would be able to swing by my house before going to Hooters.  I had been building cabinets all day and didn't really want to show up in grungy work clothes, my face and arms smeared with a paste of sweat and sawdust.  But traffic was b…
    - 8 Jan 14, 3:00pm -
  • That's Not Fair: Teaching Kids to Share
    This was first published in San Diego Uptown News********  “MADDY’S NOT SHARING!”  This tearful, gasping lament regularly resounds through our house.The counteraccusation--“LIVVY’S STEALING MY STUFF!”--inevitably follo…
    - 3 Jan 14, 10:44pm -