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

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

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

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

10 Questions to Routinely Ask Your TCKs

March 6, 2018 blog 3

  It is important for parents raising children anywhere to be continually engaging and checking in with their kids. When you are raising TCKs, this is even more important.  TCKs are privy to struggles that mono-cultural children don’t often have to face, so being aware of that and taking time to routinely ask questions such as… Read more

Am I Doing What’s Best for My Kids?

February 22, 2018 blog 2

  I gave birth to our second baby five days ago, so I am still in a bit of a postpartum fog as I ponder and write this. But, these thoughts have been rattling around in my head lately and I have learned that it is best to get them out of my mind and… 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