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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.

A man doesn’t need to be flawless to be a perfect father, but the commitment to his family is a precious responsibility.


My dad is my superhero

If you are out for work and your kids are at home with a baby sitter, then there sure is going to be some difference in the kid from the one whose upbringing could have been done by you. In today’s time, parents complain of their kids of having an attitude which does not suit the family, and they also complain about their discipline, but you must ensure to give ample time to them.

First of all, you need to answer these questions for yourself:

1. Do we work a lot?

2. Do we work too much?

3. How often are we home?

4. How many times have we engaged our child this week?

Six values that play an important role in a kid’s life are Love, Empathy, Sacrifice, Loyalty, Righteousness and Forgiveness. The most critical time when a kid needs his parents is when he is upset, so remember you should always understand your child’s feelings and make him feel better by some way or the other.

So whatever work you are doing, remember to give time to your kid and make him feel at home and at ease. The upbringing, care and affection of the parents play an important role in a child’s life. Families give us our roots, our heritage and our past.

My dad is truly my hero…i owe him everything. He is the first man I saw as soon as I was born.  Handsome, proud, happy and so gentle! In the last 32 years, nothing has changed — neither the way I look up to him nor the way he looks at me.

My dad has always been an epitome of all that a man should be…compassionate, tough, strong, gentle, firm, decisive, understanding and above all a man of values.

I can never forget so many incidents that happened with us.  The infinite trips I have taken with him are all a part of my beautiful memories. He took me for some steep climbs and tough ones. Journeys full of adventures and risks, he exposed me to so many things in life. My dad convinced my mom that we all needed to take these and have fun. He lifted me on his shoulder and took the steep climb without as much as a flinch. I had the time of my life… a bird’s eye view of all that one could see while being on the best seat available … my dad’s firm and strong shoulder!

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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