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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.

Kindergarten Classroom

Kindergarten Classroom

Up north in Canada, it seems that the longer parents are in school, the less they want to spend time with their kids.

Maybe, they still WANT to spend time with their kids, but they don’t.

The more schooling, the less the appeal to be a stay-at-home parent.

Three out of every four Canadians prefer parental care over daycare.

Read the report.

But … just over 3 out of 5 (62%) prefer parental care over daycare  among post-grads.

And 2 out of 3 (68%) prefer parental care over day care among college grads.

The desire to get back to work, or away from the kids is stronger among women than men.

Post-grads – 69% of men prefer parental care. 54% of women.

Grads – 72% of men and 65% of women.

And it wasn’t about the money.

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The back-to-work parents were most afraid of losing the investment of time and energy put into getting the education and training they had thus far.

Half (51%) of all Canadians who HAD to go back to work preferred to leave the kids with a relative.

But among post-grads, it was two in four (41%) and among grads it was one in three. (35%).

Does it make sense that the more you went to school the more you want to use schooling? Sure it does.

But it’s us little guys who want to spend time with our mommies and daddies that have to pay that price.

Should we have to sacrifice time that we want to spend with our mommies and daddies because they do NOT want to spend time with us? Or because they have something else they want to do?

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


Bill Belew

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

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