🤘 Caspar Babypants - Raising kids and finding yourself at the same time.
Rad Dad, hosted by Kirill Zubovsky
Caspar Babypants is an adored Seattle-based musician and a songwriter. Previously known as the lead singer of The Presidents of the USA, he now brings joy to families around town with his whimsical music that is loved by both kids and parents. In this interview, Chris shares his life story, how he came to be known as Caspar, and what lessons he learned about life and parenting, both as a famous rock artist with thousands of fans on MTV, and a humble Seattle children's artist, with thousands of fans at home.
In this episode
- 01:01 - Who is Chris Ballew, and how did he get to where he is today?
- 02:39 - What inspired the name “Caspar Babypants”?
- 10:36 - Does he have more kid fans or parent fans?
- 17:21 - What does Chris have to say about divorce?
- 18:39 - What should you say to your kids if you and your spouse are separating?
- 42:00 - How does your life change when you become a dad?
- 44:00 - What’s a piece of advice for those that feel that have to choose between their profession or their kids?
- 44:19 - What’s the role of a dad in marriage and parenting?
- 47:48 - What’s one takeaway that people should have about parenting?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
Who is Chris Ballew, and how did he get to where he is today?
His stage name is Casper Babypants. He sought out to make transparent music of who he is. He quit a band to discover the path of who he was, and what he felt like he was called to do. In the end, his path led him to create music for kids.
What inspired the name “Caspar Babypants”?
Caspar was his nickname from a band he was a part of in Boston in the early 90s because he didn't like his name. He used a pair of baby pants as a winter hat and they fit perfectly on his head. He started wearing them and the kids in his neighborhood started to call him Babypants. Thus, he put Caspar and Babypants together.
Does he have more kid fans or parent fans?
Parent fans. He wants his music to be playful and stress-free for parents and to help them share a moment of ridiculousness and joy with their kid.
What does Chris have to say about divorce?
In the end, you want to get a point where you are neutralized. If you’re going to quit something, you shouldn’t be in a frozen state because it can hinder your abilities.
What should you say to your kids if you and your spouse are separating?
The main points are that you should tell them the facts, and assure them that they will always be loved. Allow them to ask questions if they have any.
How does your life change when you become a dad?
Chris compares it to the similar chemical reaction to when a person falls in love. When you become a dad, you have to be less selfish and invest more time in family relative activities.
What’s a piece of advice for those that feel that have to choose between their profession or their kids?
If you have strong feelings toward your profession or that you are not paternal naturally, or you don't daydream about it, but you feel external pressure to have kids, don't do it.
What’s the role of a dad in marriage and parenting?
In regards to parenting, the dad is seen as the "fun" parent, which can sometimes create friction because the mother has implemented a system with her kid. The dad should be aware and respectful of the system. As a parent and a man, the dad should show kids emotional depth.
What’s one takeaway that people should have about parenting?
Read the book, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Elaine Mazlish and Adele Faber. It’s a parenting book about language and empathy.