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.

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Smart parenting and emotional responsibility | Stop playing the blame game

When things go wrong, we want to know why. And, since I have never been a kid before I am going to make mistakes = do something wrong.

And lots of mommies and daddies haven’t done the parenting thing before, so, you guessed it, there are going to be mistakes.

Click to read => Learning the 6 Rs of growing up.

Nobody needs to be blamed. Sometimes things happen.

Besides when we blame or are blamed it spoils the mood. And can ruin a day, or a trip, or a meal.

What can we do when something goes wrong?

1. Don’t be too serious – life is short, take it easy my mommy says. I am only going to be a kid for a short time. Let’s take it easy.

2. Tease each other but don’t take it seriously – teasing is playing. I love to tease my daddy. He can take it. But, let’s not overdo = make anybody mad.

3. Laugh at mistakes – teach me to laugh. Tell me how to do better next time. But let’s laugh, giggle, chuckle, smirk along the way.

4. Don’t try to rationalize the mistakes – sometimes things just go wrong even we do everything right. The wind blows, the foot slips, something unexpected comes out of nowhere. Remember number 3.

5. Celebrate victories – when I make a mistake and do things wrong but get it right the next time, let’s have some cake or ice cream … okay maybe not. But let’s celebrate.

But most of all … let’s don’t blame. It’s called LIFE because sometimes ‘life’ happens.

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

 


Author Bill Belew is also featured in Prachesta Magazine. Here is the Interview.


Bill Belew

About Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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