5 Common and Fun TCK Quirks

May 10, 2018 blog 0

  Whether we like it or not, growing up overseas has left many of us adult TCKs with some quirks. I spent my teenage and college years trying to hide these quirks, but I have since accepted that they are here to stay and that I kind of like them. In talking with other adult… 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

A TCK’s Struggle with Depression- Guest Post

April 5, 2018 blog 0

  By Aneurin Howorth I grew up in East Africa to British parents. Despite how much I loved being a TCK, not everyone was so fortunate. A significant portion of my international school, comprised of  mostly TCK’s, were struggling with mental illnesses. As a result, every year we sat through seminars on mental illness. These covered… 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

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