THIRD CULTURE CHILDREN
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Also be sure to Visit NEXT, MTW's ministry to it's kids and the youth of the world.
A Life Overseas (Elizabeth Trotter, others) This blog is a collection of stories of a variety of topics for ex-pats, including helpful stories about TCKs and other issues.
Barnabas MK Transition Seminar: The Barnabas International TCK/MK Transition Seminars are designed for third-culture kids (TCKs) and missionary kids (MKs) who have just completed their high school experience overseas. The seminar provides helpful tools that prepare students for the transition back into life and college in North America. This is an opportunity to build relationships with other TCKs and at the same time learn and discuss various issues related to the transition experience.
Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition (Tina Quick) This book is a helpful guide for those TCKs who are anticipating a transition into college, with emotional, social, and practical helps to help them succeed.
Hidden in my Heart: A TCK's Journey through Cultural Transition. (Taylor Murray) Written as a series of individual prayers to God, this book tells a TCK’s story as Taylor wrestles with her emotions of her journey to ultimately pursue God’s perspective on her life..
Letters Never Sent: One Woman’s Journey from Hurt to Wholeness. (2nd ed.) Review: "I feel this book can help Third-Culture Kids (and adults) find healing from their silent pain. Ruth writes very openly about her own emotions and confusion growing up on the mission field and later returning to it. I also feel that anyone who wants to understand Third-Culture Kids/adults or plan on raising children/youth in another country would benefit from reading this book.". Van Reken, Ruth E. Indianapolis: “Letters,” 1995.
Returning Well (Melissa Chaplin) This book helps make healthy re-entry possible as a workbook for the missionary family to engage their story in a conversation with God.
WHAT IS A TCK?
Home Keeps Moving (Heidi Sand-Hart) A memoir from a TCK talking about the challenges of frequent cross-cultural moves.
Michele Phoenix (Michele Phoenix) A missionary kid with 20 years experience of training MKs, Michele has a category on her website of helpful articles for MKs.
The Road Home (Rahul Gandotra) Growing up in England, ten-year- old Pico struggles to fit in at boarding school in the Himalayas. He encounters the truth about his identity as a TCK. PG
The Third Culture Kid Experience - - Growing Up Among Worlds. A “must read” for missionary parents – it is the most comprehensive book in print on MKs. Third culture kids (TCK)—children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel, and others who live outside their passport country—have unique issues with personal development and identity. David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken bring to light the emotional and psychological realities that come with the TCK journey. Order from “Letters” P.O. Box 90084; Indianapolis, IN 46290-0084. Pollock, David C. and Ruth E. Van Reken. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1999.
Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into counseling the Globally Mobile (Lois J Bushong) A licensed marriage and family therapist offers practical insights about how to counsel TCKs who face a particular set of issues related to their life between cultures.
Misunderstood: Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living abroad, Misunderstood will equip you with insights into the international experience, along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support.
Third Culture Kids 3rd Edition: Growing up among worlds: In this 3rd edition of the ground-breaking, global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original co-author, David C. Pollock have significantly updated what is widely recognized as The TCK Bible. Emphasis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity & inclusion and transitions. Includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings and their own personal development.
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World (Robin Pascoe) This is a memoir from a parent of MKs who shares the lessons she learned along the way.
Raising Resilient MKs: Excellent resource for missionary parents. Bowers, Joyce M. Assoc. of Christian Schools Int’l; PO Box 35097; Colorado Springs, CO 80935.
Setting Sail: This workbook is designed for families preparing to transition to a new country or culture. It includes important information, enjoyable activities, engaging discussions, and relevant Bible verses.
The ReEntry Team: Caring for your Returning Missionaries (Neal Pirolo)This is a helpful resource for a missions committee or a supporting team to know how to care for the missionary family through repatriation.
What's Up? Discovering Jesus, the Gospel, and Who You Really Are (Deborah Harrell, Jack Klumpenhower) This is a great guide geared toward middle school children as they are wrestling with questions of identity and belonging with a clear presentation of the Gospel.
RESOURCES FOR YOUNGER TCK'S
Goodbye, House. A girl says goodbye to each room in her house and remembers special events there. Asch, Frank. Greenwillow Books.
A Country Far Away. Side-by-side illustrations of similar situations in a western town and a rural African village. Gray, Nigel. Orchard Books.
Inside Out (Disney/Pixar) Although this film is geared toward elementary age kids, this is a perfect story to consider the complexity of emotions in transition.
It Will Be Okay. It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us. Terkeurst, Lysa
Let’s Move Overseas. Provides activities, discussion starters and other resources to help young children process their move and learn about their new culture. B.R. Publishing, 2000.
This is the Way we Go to School. Young children. School is part of life for all children but can look very different. Baer, Edith and Steve Bjorkman.
Map of Good Memories. There are places that remind us of happy moments. Zoe, a little girl who has to flee from her city with her family because of a war, remembers them before she leaves. She uses them to draw a “map of good memories,” knowing that they will always be with her. Nuno, Fran
The Runaway Bunny. A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. Wise Brown, Margaret
Swirly. Lila isn't just like her yellow friends or her blue cousins, so she feels as though she doesn't fit in anywhere. But when she meets another swirly kid and his swirly mom, she finds out that she does belong somewhere . . . with a very special swirly Someone. Saunders, Sara
Tea with Milk (Rise and Shine). Say tells the story of his mother. Born in California to Japanese immigrants, Masako is miserable when she moves to Japan with her parents after high school. The illustrations capture Masako's unhappiness and also her eventual contentment as she learns to combine two cultures. Say, Allen
RESOURCES FOR PARENTING ADOLESCENTS
The Space Between: A Parent's Guide to Teenage Development: (Walt Mueller) This tiny book is a great resource to put in the hands of parents early on in their parenting (10-14) to jump-start thoughts on what is happening as their child moves into adolescence.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Daniel J Siegel) For those parents hoping to understand more about what is going on in the mind of their kids, this is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the teenage brain.
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth and The Overachievers (Alexandra Robbins) In each book, Robbins traces the lives of a group of teens through a year in high school, providing insight into how teens really experience their world. Her conversational yet journalistic style make these eye-opening books to read.
You Lost Me (David Kinnaman) As adolescence extends through the 20s, Kinnaman explores why some students leave their faith (or aspects of it) behind. Kinnaman's insights can help parents and ministries understand the students that no longer come to church, and the conversations they can have with students.
WEB SITES SERVING THIRD CULTURE KIDS
Interaction International: The mission of Interaction International is to be a catalyst and a resource working cooperatively in the development of programs, services and publications to provide and contribute to an ongoing flow of care that meets the needs of Third Culture Kids* (TCKs) and internationally mobile families.