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.
I am probably more alike in appearance to Mulan than any of the other princesses.
That’s fine with me. My daddy thinks I am beautiful. And it’s not all about what’s on the outside anyway.
Here are some things I learned about personality from Mulan.
Independent – daddy says he spends all his time teaching me to be and think independently then he finds out he doesn’t like what I think sometimes.
Self-reliant – daddy says he wants me to depend on him, but then he doesn’t. Can he make up his mind?
Individualistic – it’s okay to be part of a team. It’s better to be strong individually and a part of a team.
Clumsy – but still very capable. Nobody is perfect. Can you be imperfect and still perform? Mulan can.
Courageous – she acts on her convictions.
Spunky – she didn’t think of herself as a woman among men, but as someone who had to rise up to be as good or better than those around her.
Brave – never paralyzed by fear.
Heroic – heroes do not be.
Determination – she represented her family well.
Ingenious – she figured out how to get up that pole. How cool was that!?
Mischievous – she found an unconventional way to get what she wanted.
After all, maybe I want to be like Mulan in actions, too.
Is it time for kung-fu class yet, daddy?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.