Snow White's Personality

Snow White’s Personality

Walt Disney took a huge chance on Snow White. The studio was making a guaranteed $30,000 on each short animation they created but the Disney folk wanted to create a cartoon feature.

Nobody had ever done that before – create a cartoon feature. And they needed a monumental sum of money to make it happen.

When others might have cowered to the ‘never been dones’ and other such ‘naysayers’  Walt Disney called the idea of Snow White “Old Man Opportunity.”

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“Why should we let a few little dollars jeopardize our chances?”

Where others would realize they need a million dollars to do the project right, but settle on $500,000 because the risk is too great and hope for the best … Disney said, “So slap as big a mortgage on everything we got and let’s go after this thing in the right manner.”

Too often we are afraid of risk. And when we do take a risk, we don’t take a big enough risk … because we are afraid of risk.

When Old Man Opportunity knocks, Disney says, “Don’t let the jingle of a few pennies drown out his knock.”

I don’t know how to not be afraid. To not be afraid of risk.

Daddy says to take chances. To keep trying. To fail sometimes, but to keep trying. And more often than not you will succeed. Then when you succeed you begin to build confidence so you can try something bigger … and fail sometimes and succeed sometimes.

Trying is the key. Failing is the key. Not giving up is a key. Learning from failures and trying again and again is the key to not being afraid of risk.

Being afraid is normal. Not giving up takes courage.

Who’s afraid of risk now?

Prof Bill Belew has told us on several occasions about his experience with his adorable daughter called Mia and how he is raising his daughter in bilingual and bi-cultural environment and he wrote a very interesting article about  raising kids bi-culturally, which is very useful and insightful for the parents who have the same situation of raising kids in a bi-cultural household.

With the development of globalization, increasingly families are facing this issue. Admittedly kids are naturally more able to learn a language, but it is also never easy to create the necessary condition for nurturing the kids to fit well in a bilingually, bi-cultural environment.

Does it sound familiar to you?  That even after hard-working, the kid  figured out that English was  the easier language,  the the kid found that most of the people around are speaking English, not the other language, then the kid started to speak English more often than the other language and gradually they just abandoned the other language, especially when it comes to difficult languages like Chinese.

It’s never a piece of cake to raise kids bilingually, bi-culturally but here are a few ideas of mine.

Engage the kids in activities from both cultures.

We can help to create the environment of culture and language to encourage the kids to learn by providing more activities.  TVs, Cartoons, little reading books, children songs etc  in both languages would be helpful; maybe spare relatively more time for the one that is not dominantly  for the speaking environments.  This could help foster interest and instill familiarity with the language for the kids. When the kids get older, more depth material could be provided to kids.


Treat both cultures with  equal importance.

It’s very true that sometimes one of the cultures might be devalued compared to the dominant one from the mainstream media. It’s never good to have such an impression. Family members should instill the ideas for the kids to respect and value their family identity, heritage, culture and language. The kids should be guided to know about the inspiring  virtues and history of  the culture of their origin. If possible, family can take the kids for trips to the original country giving the kids the opportunity to be exposed to the language and cultural environment.

Encouraging attitude with the kids

It’s important to let the kids understand the circumstance that they are living in, to help them to understand their situation and why they are living in bilingual and bi-cultural environment and how the two languages and cultures are different but of equal importance to them. The attitude for the family members should be encouraging, for example, praising them when the kids are making effort, every progress they are making and trying to be tolerant and  patient with the kids, listening to their needs instead of pushing  them to learn, pointing out their mistakes and avoiding being “tiger parents” . It might be moments of frustration, but  never underestimate the learning ability of your little ones.

Raising bilingual children is never easy and it requires more time, energy and money, but I believe the  rewards  of the efforts are also absolutely priceless. Dual languages, dual culture could generate double joy. It’s really wonderful for kids to learn and strive with the benefits of bilingual and bi-cultural environment, which are actually great assets that would be beneficial for the kids for a life time.


The author of the article, Yu, is an enthusiast in exploring multi-lauguges and cultures. She owns a blog called Geek Cubics, introducing all the fun gadgets, gift ideas and goodies all over the world, check more of her posts at her blog.


Dolly Parton, Andrea Bocelli, El Divo, Daddy and me

Posted August 31st, 2015 by Mia Mei

Gosh. I thought I knew music.

Twinkle Star, This Old Man, If You’re Happy and You Know It, God Our Father.

I mean, what else is there to listen to? And to sing along to?

Boy, was I surprised last night!

My daddy (he’s a King Kong-sized Monkey) and I went surfing (without our bathing suits, hee hee hee!) last night.

He took me to youtube and showed me some stuff.

Three of them I remember right off are Read more »

Big Picture Perspective

Big Picture Perspective

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child – Summary

My daddy and I have coco lab and ated (Ed. Collaborated) on a series.

It’s – What qualities make your child a hero? How to raise a well-respected child.

We found 6 qualities. Daddy says there are more.  But for now this will get us going.

Here are links to each of the six parts in this series for anybody who wants to take a look at all of them.

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 1)

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 2)

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 3)

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 4)

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 5)

What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 6)

But there is one quality that might gobble up all the others.

Daddy calls it the ‘be-like-ems.’

Daddy says that kids grow up to be like their parents.

“We often see in our kids the characteristics and actions that we don’t like in ourselves. Our kids grow up to be like us. If our children are doing something that we don’t like, we should ask ourselves if we do the same thing.”

The best way for us to learn how to be heroes, to learn how to have the qualities that make us stand out is for our parents to show us how it is done.

Don’t tell us. Show us.

I am a little girl. So, I am probably going to be more like my mommy than my daddy. I hope so cuz my mommy is so much prettier than my daddy.

But my daddy teaches me things, too. Not how to look, but how to act.

Daddy, I am watching you.

“Mia, I promise to do my best to never disappoint you.”

That’s enough daddy. You be the best you can be and I will learn to be the best me I can be.

What example are you setting for your kids to follow?