Friday, March 15, 2013

The TCK Tension

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.

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Anonymous said...

Wow Amy, Rachel Jones' blog post had me in tears. (God never promised that it would be easy, did He?) The points that Jones brings up are great reasons why those of us (ie the Church) who support and send missionaries need to continually pray and intercede for missionaries and their kids. We have your back, Amy. Thanks for posting this topic. There is a lot to learn for those who go and for those who support.


Sarah said...

This is SOOOO interesting! Thanks for the links - I look forward to reading more about this topic...

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Kristen Hoerr said...

That post had me in tears too. I can't imagine how you felt reading it. I pray for you that God continues to give you strength to confront the hard stuff and the pain as you embark on this new, joyful adventure. I love you so much!

Love, Kris

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