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.
Some mommies and daddies have to travel a lot.
Some mommies and daddies can’t connect with us little people every day.
Some mommies and daddies can connect with us but choose to find even more special ways to do so.
I read an interesting story about a Napkin Dad.
This daddy wrote notes on napkins and put them in his little girl’s lunch box every day … already for 8 years!!
Stuff about sports and trying hard and being a good person and and and …
And the little, now big girl started saving some of the notes and put them in a scrap book. And she told her classmates about it … and they got jealous (the good kind).
My daddy and mommy spend time with me every day. Daddy travels sometimes but not a lot. Mommy works a lot, but she is always home and does extra special stuff for me, to be with me.
Daddy and crawl up on the couch every morning and he reads to me while mommy makes breakfast. Sometimes the story jumps off the page, too. Daddy doesn’t always read…sometimes he acts.
Daddy takes me to the park any any time I want to go.
“Daddy. Can we go to the park?”
Off we go.
And if I want to take a friend … daddy will just hang out by the tree or be a monster or a horse … or just watch.
Daddy says prayers with me every every night that he is home. Mommy is afraid he is going to break the bed. I am afraid he will forget.
Daddy helps me keep up this blog. I am not sure where the blog will turn out. But I am sure my daddy’s fingers touch it every day. And he doesn’t have to. He just does.
My daddy stays connected with me. More than he needs to. More than I realize … for now.
How do you and your daddy stay connected?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.