5 Ways I’ve Become a “Typical American” and 5 Ways I’m Still Very African

December 7, 2017 blog 0

  As you spend time in a particular place, you begin to “catch” the culture that your in. TCKs become good at this; easily adapting like a chameleon in order to blend into the current environment. As we move from place to place, culture to culture, some things stick around and take up a more… Read more

Please, Don’t Try to “Keep Your Children American” (Response to an Expat Podcast)

November 29, 2017 blog 0

  I was listening to an expat podcast the other day about raising children overseas. The host was answering questions that had been sent in to her by parents living abroad. A mom wrote in and asked, “What can I do to make sure that my kids stay American while we’re living in Europe?” She went… Read more

TCKs, Friendship, & Social Media

November 16, 2017 blog 1

  Technology has enhanced the ability for this generation of TCKs to maintain long-term relationships with others no matter where in the world they are. This can be both a huge asset and also a potential pitfall. Third Culture Kids live a mobile lifestyle and live in a world where others around them are also constantly… Read more

The Challenge of Subconscious Expectations (Part 2: Conversations to Have with Your TCKs)

November 8, 2017 blog 2

Read Part 1 here We have identified that subconscious expectations are the root cause of many issues that adult TCKs deal with, so how can we proactively address those hidden expectations in young TCKs? Overseas living is not “better than”  It is easy for children who grow up overseas to develop a “better than” mentality. This may… Read more

The Challenge of Subconscious Expectations (Part 1: How is Life “Supposed to Go”?)

October 30, 2017 blog 0

  Most TCKs grow up and abruptly lose their lifestyle. This is one of the most significant “hidden losses” that TCKs eventually encounter. Third Culture Kids have spent their lives hopping on international flights, traveling to exotic destinations, and integrating with different cultures and people around the world. For most, the globally mobile lifestyle is no longer… Read more

I am the Ugly Duckling (Part 2: Avoiding Terminal Uniqueness)

October 18, 2017 blog 0

  Read part 1 here  Third Culture Kids often come to a place in life when they return to their passport country only to find that they don’t belong. They can’t seem to fit in with those who have only lived in the passport country and thus begin to feel like an “other.” It feels… Read more

I Am the Ugly Duckling (Part 1)

October 10, 2017 blog 0

  I am the ugly duckling. Or, at least I thought I was. For years, I thought that there was something fundamentally wrong with me because I just didn’t fit in with the other ducks.   There was some solace in the discovery that I was a Third Culture Kid–knowing that I actually wasn’t a duck, but… Read more

The One Thing Every TCK Needs to Hear

October 4, 2017 blog 0

  I write frequently about practical things that parents can do to raise up healthy TCKs. While I believe that all of those are important, there is one thing that all TCKs need to hear clearly and constantly. One thing that has to be present in order for anything else to be effective. “You are… Read more

Audiobooks-Surprising Benefits of This New Trend for Children’s Language Acquisition

September 26, 2017 blog 2

  Online children’s audiobooks are rapidly increasing in popularity and this is of great benefit for families living overseas. Audio content is often easily accessible, doesn’t require a considerable amount of internet data to stream or download, and doesn’t use up any of the precious pounds allotted for your luggage. If you are living (or… Read more

Bringing Your TCK’s “Hidden Losses” Out of Hiding

September 20, 2017 blog 0

  The term “hidden losses” is one that I have seen circulate abundantly and frequently in the Third Culture Kid world. The concept is that much of the TCK’s grief stems from losses that are neither obvious nor acknowledged. These hidden losses often remain buried in the underground parts of the TCK, creating a toxic soil… Read more