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

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

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

5 Ways You Can Help Your Children Foster Long-Distance Friendships

September 11, 2017 blog 0

  It is a common misconception that when you move overseas as a family, your children will forever loose the close friends that they had back home. While it is not easy for children and teens to maintain long-distance friendships, it is possible and completely worth the effort. Here are 5 ways that you, as… Read more

What is a Culture Buddy?

August 25, 2017 blog 0

  We recently completed the trial run of our new teen pre-field training program; preparing teenagers (and their parents!) for the transition to life in a new culture. One concept that this group tightly latched onto, was the idea of a Culture Buddy. When I first introduced this topic to the group of teens, I… Read more

Which Culture-Learning Attitude are you Teaching Your Kids?

July 27, 2017 blog 0

  Most people who move overseas do so with some sort of goal in mind – missions work, starting a business, teaching at a school, etc. While this is inherently good, and is often the reason for moving overseas at all, these goals can make it easy to enter into the new culture, “guns blazing”, ready… Read more

5 Surprising Factors to Consider When Weighing Overseas Schooling Options

July 15, 2017 blog 1

  The question of schooling and education is often at the forefront of parent’s minds as they prepare to live overseas. It can be challenging to drown out the multitude of strong opinions, and from what I have observed, there are many, many strong opinions. If you are moving overseas and contemplating your schooling options, here are… Read more

5 Strategic Ways to Learn a New Culture as a Family

May 11, 2017 blog 0

  Many businesses and organizations provide training for the adults that they send to live overseas. Some even offer children’s and teens’ programs to prepare the kids for the transition. However, there is often a bit of a gap between the training the adults receive and the training the children receive. After all, the family… Read more

Practical Tips for Helping Your Child Process the Grief of Moving Overseas (Part 2): The Post-Grieving Child

April 12, 2017 blog 0

“Some people grieve in advance of a loss-they see it coming and feel sad. They look around and realise, “I will never do this again.” Others grieve after the change occurs. It is at this point the post-griever realises, “I will never do this again”. –Tanya Crossman, Misunderstood (2016) The post-grieving child will experience the… Read more