Third Culture Kids Parent Challenge #3: Mourning.

As I have written before and will surely write again, this mobile and international lifestyle is amazing, but it’s replete with goodbyes, endings, and losses. These occur often enough that I’ve learned I need to explicitly teach my kids how to mourn.

Moving Tips: Packing #3.

There are only two rules for moving internationally when it comes to your important documents.

Sri Lanka.

What a wonderful place for families! Between the friendly people of Sri Lanka and loads of activities, it provided us with a memorable family adventure. We started at the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, hiked Sigiriya, and spent some time at an agri-farm.We then trapsed through the Kandy and on a Bentota. The prices were afforable, cheap even….

Scared to go home. 

Just a few days from now the family and I are boarding a plane to visit home. I am excited to see family but am also scared. I have lived in regions rife with sociopolitical challenges but, for me, this is different. I guess it’s personal.

Oman. Oh man!

We hiked, cliff jumped, swam, boated, kayaked, visited historical sites, saw turtles, snorkeled, saw the most beautiful night sky we’ve seen in years…Oh man, Oman, we will return.

Third Culture Kid – Global Nomad Parent Challenge #2: How to Leave.

Leaving is not an action or process, it’s a more of a skill. It’s not an easy skill especially for kids. I try to be mindful that my husband and I chose to live a mobile lifestyle, our kids didn’t. Consequently, I work hard to make leaving go as smoothly as possible, not just logistically but also emotionally.

Third Culture Kid-Global Nomad Parent Challenge #1.

There is a learning curve to being a parent of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) – Global Nomad (GN) and I’m doing my best to with it. I’m hoping I help my kids know who they are, where they come from, and how to mourn and have closure because, while this lifestyle is amazing, it’s replete with goodbyes, endings, and losses. Here are three of the challenges I’m working through right now.