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.
There is only one of me. By that I mean I don’t have any brothers or sisters who are little like me.
Big brothers, yes. But they can walk and talk and pretty much get on with life on their own. No juggling.
But some mommies and daddies have more than one little guy at home and they have to juggle the kids.
I’ll bet it really hurts if they drop one.
Mommy and daddy have a ‘meeting’ every morning to discuss who will take me where and when.
It might be a dance class, or a swimming lesson or just getting picked up from school. Mommy might have a meeting. Or daddy might have to give a presentation.
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Now add, another kid or two or three. Yeah, I can see how it might get messy.
1. Find out what other mommies and daddies who have ‘been there, done that’ did.
2. Don’t worry (too much) about missing or forgetting something. That happens. Just don’t yell at me if I forget where I put something.
3. The school can help, too. My kindergarten will never let me sit on the corner and wait for my daddy who might have forgotten to pick me up. Schools deal with a lot of parents and issues. They are sure to have ideas.
4. Don’t try to do too much. Daddy says, “Mia, too much is too much.” Too much stuff to do is too much, too.
I don’t know what it would be like to have another me around. But I am pretty sure I don’t want to be thrown up in the air and spun around.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.