Tag Archives: TCKs

Why being a Third Culture Kid sucks (sometimes)

An international lifestyle involves a balancing act between gains and losses. While Third Culture Kids reap the benefits of expat life — including exotic travel, linguistic competence, and cultural adaptability — these global nomads are also confronted with problems that … Continue reading

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Why rituals are important for expat families

When I was little, my brother and I would carefully lay our stockings at the foot of our beds on Christmas Eve. Christmas stockings had a very specific purpose in our house: they kept us occupied for several hours so … Continue reading

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Repatriating TCKs: It’s not all sunshine and lollipops

When it became apparent that our family would be moving back to Canada after five years abroad, I set out to prepare my daughters for yet another big change in their lives. I encouraged them to talk about their feelings, … Continue reading

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Missing the Parade of Nations this UN Day

UN Day just isn’t the same without the Parade of Nations. Today, October 24th, marks the 66th anniversary of the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations. I confess I’d never even heard of UN Day until we moved … Continue reading

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