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.
How can a daddy teach his little girl to be heroic?
The question is SHOULD a daddy want his little girl to be a hero?
There are several kinds of heroes – dead heroes, maimed heroes, and heroes who have survived ordeals.
Heroes face down enemies – Mulan, brave ice storms – Anna, stare down bears intent on eating them – Merida.
Most daddies would never ever want their little girls to face such circumstances. But you can’t be a hero if you don’t.
The answer lies in preparation – little girls should be prepared in the event they face such situations. They should NOT be encouraged to seek them out.
Little girls should be taught to be strong and loyal as in the case of Mulan. They should be taught to be loving and desiring of redeeming broken relationships as in the case of Anna. They should be taught to make things right when they break them as in the case of Merida.
Then when such situations present themselves the little girl will be able to rise up to meet come what may and overcome. Then they will be heroes.
All the while, the daddy will be running crazily beneath and behind prepared to catch his little princess in any event, just in case, and without her ever knowing.