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

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

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

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

I Am the Ugly Duckling (Part 1)

October 10, 2017 blog 2

  I am the ugly duckling. Or, at least I thought I was. For years, I thought that there was something fundamentally wrong with me because I just didn’t fit in with the other ducks.   There was some solace in the discovery that I was a Third Culture Kid–knowing that I actually wasn’t a duck, but… 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

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