Why Have a Family Mission Statement?

October 30, 2018 blog 0

  I’ve noticed a lot of hype lately around the idea of having a “Family Mission Statement.” At first I chalked it up to an unnecessary trend among millennial parents, but as I listened to a podcast this morning (Parenting Great Kids by Dr. Meg Meeker), I suddenly realized that this “Family Mission Statement” idea… Read more

Are We Really Signing Up for This?

September 27, 2018 blog 2

  My dear friend and her husband have recently become global workers and are heading overseas next year with their 18 month-old boy in tow. This past summer they attended a training where they spent two weeks with a great group of people from their organization, which included families with other little kids around the age… Read more

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on Long Flights

August 28, 2018 blog 0

  My daughter just turned 2 and has already been on 18 flights. Though we have yet to fly internationally with her, we have become quite skilled at on-flight entertainment. To my surprise, “Have any tips for keeping them entertained on the plane!?” is a question that I am asked very frequently by families with… Read more

Are You Meeting Your TCK’s Emotional Needs?

August 10, 2018 blog 0

  Babies communicate their needs with their first cry and continue to do so in different ways as they grow and develop more complex methods of communicating. When these needs are met by loving parents, children feel safe, secure, and are likely to thrive developmentally. When these needs aren’t met, a breeding ground is created… Read more

Sentimental Means “Settled”…and I Don’t Like That

July 31, 2018 blog 4

  My grandmother passed away last December. Though we lived most years on different continents, she was the most present grandmother during my childhood- especially before we moved to Africa. She was the one to pick me up from school when I was sick, she came to every performance (including backyard musical productions), and she… Read more

5 Things for TCKs to Consider When Choosing a University

June 29, 2018 blog 3

  Last week, my husband, myself, and our two kids traveled to the Midwest to visit family and attend the wedding of a good college-friend of ours. The wedding took place near where my husband and I both went to university and this was my first time back to that place since our college days… Read more

5 Common and Fun TCK Quirks

May 10, 2018 blog 0

  Whether we like it or not, growing up overseas has left many of us adult TCKs with some quirks. I spent my teenage and college years trying to hide these quirks, but I have since accepted that they are here to stay and that I kind of like them. In talking with other adult… Read more

Narrating Your Child’s Feelings

April 26, 2018 blog 0

  I have found that my two year-old does better in unfamiliar situations when I narrate for her. When we are on our way to whatever activity it is, I explain, to the best of my ability, what she can expect and what I expect of her. When talking with TCK counselor, Josh Sandoz, he… Read more

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

April 12, 2018 blog 0

  Everyone who’s traveled knows the spiel. “In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag… Read more

A TCK’s Struggle with Depression- Guest Post

April 5, 2018 blog 0

  By Aneurin Howorth I grew up in East Africa to British parents. Despite how much I loved being a TCK, not everyone was so fortunate. A significant portion of my international school, comprised of  mostly TCK’s, were struggling with mental illnesses. As a result, every year we sat through seminars on mental illness. These covered… Read more