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.
This parenting discipline problem really puzzles me. Well, at least a little.
Some mommies and daddies complain that their children will not leave them alone.
I can’t believe that some mommies and daddies don’t want their children around them sometimes.
I mean, I get it that mommies and daddies have a life, too. And there are some places and times we kids should not invade. Like, I never go to my daddy’s bathroom when he is in there. But I can go when he is not. 😎
And sometimes my daddy looks really busy when he is on his computer and I want to crawl up on his lap and he tries to type while hugging me and that doesn’t work and he looks at the clock and I am still there and he asks me to get down.
Here’s a hint – the more your daddy looks at the clock while he is trying to do something, the less he wants to hug and chill. So, I don’t go there … unless I really want to. Because when push comes to shove, my daddy will stop doing anything long enough to give me a hug. But sometimes, I need to understand that daddy and mommy have stuff to do, too.
Here’s what I need. Tell me very clearly in as few words as possible when it’s NOT a good time to hug and chill, and I will learn to respect that.
Hint: The fewer those times are the easier it is for me to remember.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.