Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are defined as children (0-25 years) living outside of their birth parents passport country or home country.
This makes international adoptees in many situations, TCKs. The Littles are TCKs in some ways now, in that they look different, think alike to the family that currently surrounds them now. Because of their age at coming to the USA, they were not influenced heavily with an Ethiopian worldview but rather, have taken an American way of thinking. Without having to explicitly teach, kids pick up worldview and issues of importance in their “passport culture”. Moving to Ethiopia, The Littles will continue to be TCKs and are actually called “hidden or invisible immigrants” in that they will look alike, think different from the culture into which we are moving.
Being a TCK is a deep blessing but it comes with a cost. I came across this post that concisely highlights some of these tensions and instead of reinventing the wheel, I would like you to read the informative post. 15 Things I Want to Tell My Third Culture Kids.
So many paradoxes in this post.
So insightful. So exciting. So sad. Such a blessing. So many fears. So much to look forward to.
Here is a wonderful resource on the blessings and obstacles of raising TCKs.