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 0

  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

Watch Out World – TCKs are Contagious!

December 15, 2017 blog 0

  Earlier this fall, I was given the opportunity to teach a guest lecture at an Oregon university. The lecture was titled, “What are TCKs and Why Should You Care?” I’ve realized over the past year since beginning this blog, that I have acquired many readers who are not living overseas and not raising TCKs, but… Read more

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