Dads Center On   The Dads Center has made the Big Time.  Now we have a significant opportunity to be a part of the conversation about being a good dad.  I'm looking for those who also want to become contributors here at the Dads Center.  If you would like to contribute, please leave a comment and I will follow up.

The Dads Center was designed in 2004 to become a site for all dads–married, divorced, separated, stay-at-home, you name it.  The concept for it came while I was enduring a painful divorce, spending the night in the hospital for breathing issues complicated by the stress of being the communications director for the 12th largest school district in the country, and being a week-on, week-off and some of additional on dad to my three girls. 

In 2005, I met my wife, Kari.  She had/has four kids of her own.  In 2006 we married and now have seven kids.  We run the gambit on ages: 16, 15, 11, 11, twins who are 9 and a four-year-old.  So there is plenty of source material at our house, but we have an interest in helping other dads through their journey as well.  And for sure, I don't have all the answers so any time I can hear of suggestions, I'll listen. 

I work in communications and have done so for more than 20 years, beginning as an intern in former Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt's press office in 1988.  In 1995, I served as the press secretary for Gov. Fob James at the ripe old age of 30.  In 2001, I moved to Dallas at the behest of Superintendent MIke Moses to serve as the communications director for the Dallas Independent School District.  I worked for DISD until last September, when I left my family here in Dallas during the weekdays and drove to Oklahoma City to work for the Oklahoma City Public School District.  That nuttiness lasted for three grueling months and was a considerable strain on our family.   I learned that if I was going to work, it had to be here at home with my wife and our seven children.  Period. 

And so in October 2007 I got a call from my present boss who invited me in for an interview the next time I was in town.  We talked.  We talked again on another weekend at home.  And then I began working back in Dallas on Dec. 1, 2007. 

I have a great job, a great family, and a wonderful wife.  Is life perfect?  Far from it.  But we keep plugging along every day.  And I've got some projects underway at home that we'll be talking about as we go.

In October of last year I made a mid-life conversion and bought a Mac.  I work on Final Cut Express, Photoshop Elements, and the iLife and iWork suites.  And my wonderful wife got me One-To-One training for the year, where I get to go to The Apple Store in NorthPark Center in Dallas and learn from Adolpho, the master about these incredible programs. 

Thanks for reading.  We look forward to the discussions of the future. 

Daddy Claxton
Twitter: @daddyclaxton
FaceBook: Donald Claxton

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