What IS kidCLANS?

It’s about family, starting with my own. It’s sharing the challenges we face, things we enjoy, suffer, sacrifice…and discovering life together as we seek priceless ‘evergreen’ principles that work. Sometimes we just verbally grind through it all.

Consider us catalysts. Every family is unique, both in who they are and what they need, but good family principles are universal. We believe all parents want the best for their kids, but not all parents have the ‘tool set’ or know how to provide their best.

We believe we can help.

We post an average of once a month. Anything other than that is a bonus — like our ‘block party’ (open discussions for parents) questions & cartoons. We do try to do our podcast in seasons…but this is all an experiment as we go for now. Most of my time is spent entertaining families over at LifeOfFiction.com, which is my ‘day job’.

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Why the name kidCLANS?

kidCLANS is the evolution of a previous project called "FUNdamentals of Parenting". We worked with parents until my kids also grew up and had kids of their own. My clan-divided tribe desired to aid me, prompting my search for a new project title.

We define a 'tribe' as a social group that shares a language, culture, and territory where they live, similar to a family, and has a designated leader (i.e., me/Dad). A ‘clan’ is a smaller unit within that tribe, and my kids got married. Clans usually share a common ancestor (that would be me, again).

Since my wife and I always focused on our kids, and now our kids gave us grandkids, “kids” remains the dominant theme. Hence kid-CLANS.

Make sense?

Now say it all three times fast.

Our intent behind kidCLANS

My family and I are known as ‘gatherers’. We love people and share a deep value for the human soul. We do ‘broken’ pretty well, and when you’re with our family, there’s no need to prove yourself.

Our intent is to share our experiences / views with anyone who wants to look over our shoulder. Heck, jump into the conversation as we figure out life as a family.

Life is hard, and it doesn’t need help tearing folks down. We have a knack at turning problems into challenges, impossible into probable, and stress into happiness. We don't have all the answers, but we know how to find them.

Our experiences have built strong mindsets, personalities, and perspectives that defy social ‘norms’. We do ‘us’ with passion and purpose, on purpose, and we don’t apologize for it. We’re good at being happy, getting along, and laughing.

If you’re alright with that level of honesty, you might enjoy hanging with us.

We are a Family of 15

My wife and I have been blessed with 13 children, no twins, and dozens of grand-kids. There are many more who claim us as family, and we claim them with all our hearts right back. Just how life should be.

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Be part of a community of people who share your interests. Our personal commitment to you is to “be us”. I’ll share all that I believe as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, if you want it.

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Storyteller/Cartoonist/Family Man....Dad, Daddy, Papa Bear, Grandpa, teacher, reader, catalyst, creator of worlds, lover of cheese and olives, blue, sushi, sourdough bread, eggs and hash browns, children reading, children learning, children sharing.
Writer. Thinker. Philosopher. Ultimate rebellious teenager. I challenge the "norms" of society and culture in general, and speak what I believe to be true, whether or not its liked.
Writer, editor, foodie, mother of two. Perpetually curious about the human mind;) I make a mean cup of tea and award winning chicken pot pie. Some say eccentric, I say part fairy. TomAYto-tomAHto.