We’re looking to the experts this Father’s Day! We’ve asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their memories, traditions and stories from life as a dad! Please meet, Charlie Capen, full time dad and blogger for How To Be A Dad, a “how-not-to” entertainment website for parents.
Number of kids:
How many years have you been in the dad business?
Almost four years
How does your family celebrate Father’s Day? Any traditions?
Actually, I got a tattoo of my son’s name a couple years ago and I’m probably getting another. Is that a weird tradition? Each year, it’s my opportunity to celebrate being a father, remembering my late father who passed away in 2005 from lung cancer, and loafing around like a Tillamook cheese loaf. If I live long enough, I might be covered with ink by the end of my days, mileage varying depending on number of kids and size of the skin art.
What is the cheesiest thing you do to make your kids laugh?
I’m naturally weird looking so many of my funny faces are byproducts of genetic predisposition, but tickling, in a character of my choosing, is a personal preference. Sometimes, I’m a monster. Other times, I’m a tickling muppet or a pirate. As a dad, I resemble a muppet more than I do a man and I love being the butt of jokes, the entertainer-in-charge and showing my son new things.
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to new dads?
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. You don’t have to fit a mold that you think your child needs. The most selfish parts of you should fall away, while you bring into focus the things that make you a better father, but jump out of the plane and put the parachute on as you fall. Diving in will pay you in emotional dividends like you can’t even imagine.
Which Tillamook cheese below best describes what kind of dad you are?
My favorite is the extra sharp. Sharp Cheddar and I go way back. But I’m probably best described as Sharp Cheddar.