Blogs for TCKs & their parents

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Third Culture Kid Blogs:

  • TCKids – TCKid is a active global community of Third Culture Kid (TCK) adults and youth across geographical boundaries.
  • UYD Media– UYD Media is a youth media and digital content creation platform by the Third Culture Kid, Global Nomad, and Millennial community and those who love them. They create and distribute authentic content across all genres and platforms that informs, entertains, and celebrates UYDers who are “using their difference to make a difference” in today’s increasingly interconnected and globally-oriented world
  • The Black Expat – If you’ve been around the adult TCK world for long, you know that we have some voices missing from the table. I love this site and the people who founded it. Stay tuned for some great things coming from this site.
  • Explore Life Story – your voice, your tribe, your place – Dr. Rachel Cason is a researcher and counselor who has a unique approach to helping TCKs through something called Life Story. Life Story is best described by a quote from the site: ““Life Story was born when I observed that impact of the life story interview used during my doctoral research was reaching beyond the academic.Life story interviews offered a clear therapeutic benefit to my respondents as they walked me through their life experiences. The Third Culture Kids, or expatriate kids, I interviewed found themselves recalling incidents long forgotten as story connected to story, and the echos of the past were heard, resounding in present-day lives.”
  • Home Keeps Moving – Blog for the book Home Keeps Moving. “Heidi Sand-Hart’s “Home Keeps Moving” authenticates the TCK experience. Her personal stories demonstrate the tangible reality of the TCK theories we have been reading and hearing about for years.” – Tina L Quick, author of The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
  • DrieCulturen – All about kids growing up in other cultures. Third culture kids. Expat kids. Refugee kids. Immigrant kids. The author of the blog is  Janneke Muyselaar-Jellema and you will find this to be a wonderful resource with some excellent articles.
  • Michele Phoenix – After a lifetime as a Missionary Kid and twenty years teaching them abroad, Michelle launched a stateside ministry devoted to helping them and to educating the Church about their strengths, struggles and needs. Michele primarily focuses on the subgroup of missionary kids.
  • Libby Stephens – Libby has worked with the internationally mobile community since 1985. After working with Third Culture Kids (TCKs) at an international boarding school in Germany for 17 years, Libby returned to the United States in 2002 and became Director of  TCK Services with Interaction International, Inc. working alongside her long-time mentor, the late Dr. David C. Pollock.Today Libby is a Third Culture Kid consultant, conducting Transition Training, Pre-departure Training, and Third Culture Kid Seminars all around the world.
  • Expatsincebirth – A blog by an expat-since-birth multilingual mum living in the Netherlands. Ute’s subtitle says it all:

    “A BLOG BY A PLURILINGUAL EXPAT-SINCE-BIRTH, LINGUIST, RESEARCHER, MUM OF THREE, LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS AND WRITING ABOUT BILINGUALISM, MULTICULTURALISM, PARENTING ABROAD, INTERNATIONAL LIFE…”

    Great articles and resources.

  • Elizabeth and Jonathan Trotter – This dynamic duo is living and working in Cambodia and raising TCKS. Elizabeth is also an Adult TCK. Their writing alternates between contemplative, deeply challenging, and fun.
  • Gathering Mustard Seeds – a blog by a college student raised in Japan, Australia, and Romania. Great writing and reflections.
  • Third Culture Kid Life – Thoughtful and insightful musings of a TCK by James R. Mitchener. “Being a TCK means so much more than words, it holds so much more weight than a metaphor, and it’s so much deeper than the definitions created by psychologists to describe it. It’s simply something you are, thanks to a lifetime of having culture after culture poured into your own and shaken all up until you’ve become something so supremely different that you can hardly recognize yourself.”
  • And then we moved to….  Not a purely TCK blog, but Mariam spent the past 15 years as an expat, living in 7 countries and 3 continents. She has traveled to over 50 countries and is now raising 2 multicultural and multilingual kids. Mariam invites us into her blog to see the inside of a family who packs up their lives again and again and adjusts to new countries. Her work is delightful.
  • The Displaced Nation – A great blog for international creatives. Displaced nation inspires us to find a home for our wanderings and displacement through the arts.
  • Communicating Across Boundaries – If you’re reading this post, you are here! Join me and Robynn as we talk about TCKs, cross-cultural interactions, world events, and faith.
  • Paracletos – Cultivating a Community of Care – Paracletos does just what it’s name suggests: it comes alongside people, helping them live effectively overseas. Paracletos gathers resources and networks to offer the best support possible. Again, while not TCK specific, there is so much there that can help families and that ultimately helps third culture kids.
  • Velvet Ashes – Velvet Ashes is an online community of women serving overseas. Many of them are parents or adopted aunties of TCKs. They have some excellent essays that speak to both to the head and the heart about TCKs.
  • A Life Overseas – While this site is for adults that live overseas, primarily in mission work, there are also great resources for TCKs.

11 thoughts on “Blogs for TCKs & their parents

  1. My name is Ronan Collver I am a graduate student under the direction of Eric Van Duzer at Humboldt State University. If you know of anyone besides yourself that would be wiling to assist with my research, can you please pass this along as well?
    I have three surveys; one for TCK, ones for their parents and one for educators.

    The purpose of this study is to describe the cultural disconnect Third Culture Kids experience upon their return to the United States and evaluate best practices for educators who have these students in class.

    I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Consent:
    http://tinyurl.com/TCK-Survey-Consent-Form

    TCK Survey:
    http://tinyurl.com/AdultTCK

    Educators of TCK:
    http://tinyurl.com/EducatorsTCK

    Parents of TCK:
    http://tinyurl.com/ParentsTCK

    Ronan Collver
    ronancollver@gmail.com
    707-599-4506

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