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

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

5 Tips for Leaving Well With Teenagers

March 13, 2018 blog 0

  Moving overseas with teenagers can be daunting for both the teen and their parents. Having personally moved overseas as a young teen, I can speak to the challenges of uprooting and rerooting during that season of life. One of the most significant factors to making that transition as healthy and smooth as possible, is… 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

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 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

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

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