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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.

Importance of father son activities:

We all know and understand the importance of fathers spending time with their sons. The relationship a boy has with his father greatly shapes the man he will become in the future. You can help mold your boy into a man you’ll be proud of by taking him on special father/son activities. These kinds of activities allow you to spend some needed one on one time with your boy. And they’re particularly conducive to bonding. Men don’t like to sit face to face and talk about their feelings. It’s much easier to open up when we’re doing something side by side, and we can just let the talk flow naturally as we cast a fishing line or tinker with tools.

Taking out time:

It is imperative that any father spends time with his/her child for the right development and growth of the child. The more time you spend, the more open the child is with you at all times. There are open lines of communication. The kid starts to feel more comfortable speaking about any topic( good or bad) with his father. They need to have that faith, that if they open up with their father, then they get some valuable advise from them.

At the same time, we should remember not to question each and every activity of your child or else he will soon decide not to share everything with you. He will start hiding things and keeping secrets. This will in turn lead to getting into bad habits with parents being unknown to what’s going on.

Appreciate your kid‘s doings:

Each and every little gesture from your kid, if appreciated, becomes a great memory for any child. Children love to be liked for what they do. They are then encouraged to do more and more good work and that is what the key is, to success.


Simple word…does wonders though…the more affectionate you are with your kid, the more vocal he gets about things. He cares back for you, appreciates what you do for him. Gets involved in little things with you, spreading happiness around. He is also motivated to go a long way because he knows he is being supported by a set of parents who will be by his side as and when needed.

Play buddy:

It’s rightly said, “Do in Rome, as Romans do.” All kids need partners, partners in crime and partners in play. Be a child when you are with him. He gets to relate to you better and the love gets manifold.

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

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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