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

Sentimental Means “Settled”…and I Don’t Like That

July 31, 2018 blog 4

  My grandmother passed away last December. Though we lived most years on different continents, she was the most present grandmother during my childhood- especially before we moved to Africa. She was the one to pick me up from school when I was sick, she came to every performance (including backyard musical productions), and she… 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

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

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

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

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