Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Common sense isn’t always common. Or maybe sense isn’t the same in all cultures.
Or maybe, just maybe, some mommies don’t teach their kids right, or their kids don’t learn right, or their kids ignore their mommies when they aren’t home or or … I just don’t know.
Daddy works at a c0-working space a lot.
“There are a LOT of people from a LOT of different cultures there,” says Daddy.
There are people from China, Japan, Russia, India, Canada, Romania, and and and …
“To be sure, common sense is not common here,” moans daddy.
“Here’s an example. The guy sitting at the desk in front of me sniffs continually. You know, as in, all-you-have-to-do-is-blow-your-nose sniff and all will be well. But not so. He chooses rather to annoy everybody else in the room by not doing something as simple as blowing his nose. How are hard can that be?”
Maybe he has a nose problem, or a sinus problem or something.
“In that case he could work in the big room where he would not be heard, instead of a small room where he is sure to annoy others.”
So, what do you do in a case like this?
Daddy carries ear plugs in his backpack for when he travels, flies, and needs quiet.
Ear plugs can be pretty useful, too, when people lack common sense.
How do you think a person lacking common sense should be handled?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.