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.
Biracial dads bring with them a tremendous diversity quotient and are constantly trying to impart that knowledge and wisdom to their kids. Their kids benefit from the diverse backgrounds of these parents are generally very friendly and compassionate. These dads also suffer from social stigma in some cases as they resemble a mix of both races and can be a subject of ridicule from their friends. These dads also might some experience some misunderstandings or bickering with their spouse as essentially two cultures need to understand each other and accomodate their past practises. These dads might sometimes feel a little insecure in managing their relationships with their spouse as they suffer an identity crisis, which might result in anxiety.
Biracial dads also suffer from a lack of clarity as their parents might be belonging to two different races, religions and diverse backgrounds which might inherently be not conducive for a healthy upbringing. Naturally they carry this baggage with them and that is reflected in their family lives and their interaction with their children. Their kids might be little confused on their habits as these families will draw from a diverse set of values which might be an inherent source of conflict.
They might also feel insecure when it comes to relationship and chemistry with their spouse as they might not see themselves as an ideal match belonging to the racial background as their wife. This inherent condition might create some misunderstandings initially unless the pair is matured enough to clearly communicate and clear the air so as to speak with their spouses. Communication is definitely a challenge when it comes to fostering a healthy relationship and biracial dads often undergo these stressful moments without getting a clear hang of things when comes to running a family and maintaining relationships with the spouses family and her friends in many cases.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.