My kids mean the world to me. If yours don't, we'd not mesh well (you don't have to have any though). Hopefully their dad is in their life to some degree though.
Having lived that life, and with the convictions I have, I don't see many things the way most Americans do. I'm not a hippy though, nor am I some right wing conservative nut.
Today my daughter and I took a drive out in the country in a 1959 Jeep I built. It has a modern dive line with a VW diesel in it. Its not complete yet but its a blast to take out.