Out of the mouths of TCKs (third culture kids)

We all know that our children are wise but how often do we choose to listen to their wisdom?  Sure, we insist that they listen to us because as adults we… well, we know what’s best, right?  But what about listening to them?  How often do we give them the chance to share their wisdom and be heard?

The other day I suggested that my 11-year old daughter start a blog.  She likes to write, she likes to share her opinion on matters, she likes to be heard, and she likes to help people with their problems (don’t they all like that?).

“Blog?” She said. “What will I write about?”

“Well,” I responded, “you are pretty special.  You’ve been to a lot of places, you are a third-culture kid, and you can share your experiences with others – TCKs or just kids who may have to move and deal with adjustment.”

“Ok,” she said, still unsure. “But what can I tell them?”

“I don’t know,” I said.  “Why don’t you just write and see what comes up.”

And so she did.  She wrote her first (and then later, her second) post without putting too much thought into it (or agonizing over it), but in the end coming out with some amazing pearls of wisdom (read it at TCKids: For Kids by a Kid)

What have you learned from your kids when moving around the world?

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One response to “Out of the mouths of TCKs (third culture kids)

  1. TCKs (and adult third culture kids — ATCKs) are indeed an interesting sociological group. Research findings indicate that ATCKs appear to be better suited than other individuals, for example, to cross-cultural management roles.

    They represent a significant proportion of successful Foreign Executives in Local Organisations (FELOs) of culturally distant countries; see FELOresearch.info

    The power dynamics of being a FELO are quite different from ‘classic’ expatriate assignments in the subsidiaries of multinational organisations. FELOs have to be much more attuned cross-culturally than expatriates, as their allegiance and loyalty are under permanent scrutiny from host-country nationals. It appears that the third-culture-ness of ATCKs is useful in that regard.

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