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.
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.