I'm getting the bug of this social media thing and reaching out to each of you on Twitter @daddclaxton, on FaceBook as DonaldClaxton and here on the Dads Center with this blog.  I've begun following you on Twitter because I'm learning about things you're doing; ways I might apply this new medium to what I do as a 20-plus-year communications veteran, dad of seven kids from my two marriages, and former political consultant.  I'm a Mac user with a MacBook Pro.  I specialize in Final Cut Express and PhotoShop Elements 6 and a host of other Mac apps.  I love my iPhone, though I still have "the old one," and find new ways to make a difference with my tools each and every day.

For those fathers of you finding me for the first time, welcome.  I'd like you to come back.  What do I need to add to this site to have you interested in revisiting, coming back regularly, or even becoming a fellow author? 

For moms, what should we dads be talking about?  What should we be talking about as moms and dads in how we raise the kids? 

And for you PR and Web fokes, I'm in the process of building a site called "GrowingUpMac.com."  I want to get sponsorship to get each of our seven kids a Mac and then access to programs like Maya, full PhotoShop, Final Cut Studiol, Aperture, etc and then get my kids to do tutorials, etc to help other kids use the medium, but also to encourage other moms and dads to abandon the cheap PC and get their kids a real computer.  So how do I do that?  How can we put what you know and who you know together to make something very special?  My kids are into gaming.  Can you imagine what they could build with the right tools in their hands?  What if they also were teaching your kids to do the same?  See where I'm headed?

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