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.
Being a better dad demands one to devote a lot of time and energy into the family to build trust, maintain relationships and fix problems. In lot of cases the energy that you put in is what counts not even the money. The sacrifices that you make for the family is what comes back as karma and eventually you reap the rewards of the seeds you sowed to nurture the family. As a successful dad you have to understand the art of compromise and letting go of your ego otherwise the family will fall apart. You have to carefully navigate tough situation financially keeping in mind the emotional equation in the picture and provide for your family members to the best of your ability and satisfy their basic aspirations and take tough decisions.
You have to be able to navigate through multiple relationships, circumstances and always keep the best interest of the family in mind in order to be successful. You should treat your kids with love, care and affection and when it is time for you to use the stick you must make them understand in a language that they understand. Many dads let go of their ego and don’t fight in front of their spouses in the larger interest of their family for that precise reason.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.