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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.

First time dads are extremely cautious beings who are going into a zone of the unknown and deal with lot of uncertainties.  It is natural for them to feel a sense of discomfort and paranoia as this is their first experience of becoming a dad. Their spouses are also sailing in the same boat as they are dealing with first time pregnancy and most of them are actually spending a lot of time planning and educating themselves of the various situations concerning  health, financial ramifications and panic in many cases.  The couple spends most of time thinking of the future and saving lot of their financial resources to meet upcoming challenges.

These dads learn to become a protective figure to their wives and take up lot of responsibility in terms of taking the spouse to the doctors for visits and finishing up a large portion of the household chores that would not normally involve them and was taken care of by the spouse.  They also look at savings because it is tough to raise a kid and ensure a healthy atmosphere for the new born to grow up.  The couple also has lot of fun in this process and is involved in throwing parties to friends to celebrate the news, picking names and friendly fights building their intimacy.

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

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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