Great readings and info for expats and immigrants alike!
Third Culture Kids have their unique issues…
source: Your Expat Child
Characteristics of typical Third Culture Kids (TCKs)
There are different characteristics that impact the typical Third Culture Kid. Actually, there are lots more characteristics (and many positive ones) but these three seem relevant in light of the previous post.
90% feel “out of sync” with their peers.
Teenage TCKs are more mature than non-TCKs, but ironically take longer to “grow up” in their 20s.
Lack a sense of “where home is” but often nationalistic. [Source TCKid.com]
The trouble with Third Culture Kids
A poignant article from the Childrens Mental Health Network
The grief of children is often invisible. They are told they will adapt, they are resilient. They are told they’ll get over missing that friend, they’ll get another pet, they’ll have a nicer room in the new house. Their family is rushed; they don’t have time to mourn their losses.
And they are children, and don’t know how to express what they are feeling.
Some mental health professionals call it trauma.
Read the full article here. Written by Nina Sichel, co-editor of the collections Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids (2011) and Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global (2004).
Countless sites exist out there on the internet, here are four.
Self-Harm Alliance http://www.selfharmalliance.org
Young Minds http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Young people and self-harm information resource http://www.selfharm.org.uk
From: Your Expat Child
For those who travel back to their OTHER culture