About Charlie Capen

Charlie is a colorblind actor/musician/ writer/dad living near the outskirts of Los Angeles. Raised in captivity atop the hills of San Francisco as the son of a roaming radio DJ father and executive power mom, he knew as a child that children were more important than adults. Though he has played many roles as an actor, his biggest part and hardest gig will be to pass himself off as a decent father. Charlie blogs at HowToBeADad.com

5 Reasons Having Big Balls Makes You A Better Dad

Fear is Your Friend

Charlie Capen feels discriminated against by recent findings that say there is a direct relationship between testicular grandeur and fatherhood.

“People Like Us” – A Modern Day Ghost Story


As a man and the son of a wandering father, Charlie Capen relates to the story of a guy who finds out after his father’s death that he has a sibling he never knew about.

What if Kids Gave Their Parents a Performance Review?

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Baby bosses: A performance review of fatherly proportions.

The Testicle Umbilical Cord

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Every time his son gets hurt, Charlie Capen feels it in his balls. Is he the

Recovering Her Youth With Duran Duran


Charlie Capen and his wife learn that you can’t fight your age, but can embrace your youth.

No Means Yes, and Maybe, and No


Charlie Capen attempts to decipher his toddler’s language, and finds that such attempts hold little promise for success—or clarity.

Survival of the Daddliest


Charlie Capen’s urge to prepare for a disaster comes from the responsibility he feels as a father and a husband.

Shut Mouth: Please, Stop Giving Me Your Parenting Advice


Loved-ones and strangers wanting to pet your baby comes with the territory, but please curb the undesired parenting advice, Charlie Capen writes.

My Father Finally Taught Me to Shave


Charlie Capen’s father wore a 70’s ‘uglystache’ quite proudly, and Charlie now finds a reason to do the same.

Why Won’t My Wife Have Sex With Me?


In the beginning, there was sex. And it was good. And there was more sex. And it too was good …