HOMETOWN Meadville, PA
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Five; 3 boys & 2 step-daughters
DAY JOB I am a stay-at-home dad, but I also work as a freelance writer and a social media marketing consultant for small to medium-size businesses
RELATIONSHIP STATUS I am re-married to a wonderful, talented, intelligent, and gorgeous woman who does not like Coldplay
ON THE WEB ClarkKentsLunchbox.com
FAVORITE CHILD if applicable* (we’re kidding*) I determine who my favorite child is by holding a series of gladiator-like feats of strength—they always end up in a five-way tie.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
To some extent my family literally is my work since most of the writing I do has something to do with them. When it comes to who-does-what though, we never really had a set discussion; things just sort of fell into place. I take care of the kids from morning until homework is completed, and my wife picks up with making dinner and putting the kids to bed.
WORST PARENTING MOMENT
With five kids there’s way too many moments to narrow down, but the one situation that I continually feel sick about is when I accuse one of them of doing something wrong—and they’re innocent. Once, I got angry with my son because I thought he’d taken something from the store; after he started crying I realized he’d done nothing. Seeing his tears, I felt like the lowest human being on the planet.
BEST PARENTING MOMENT
Same thing—too many to single out. The best moments, though, are those when I know the kids appreciate me. My step-daughters will spontaneously give me hugs and my boys will tell me how much they like hanging out with me. There are so many times when I wonder if I’m ever getting through to them, but when they act like this I know I’m making a positive impact.