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10 Lessons I’ve Learned From Raising TCKs

What are some of the unique things facing TCKs and their parents while they are living in a host country? Loneliness, schooling issues, and health matters are just some of the things that spring to my mind, and there are… Continue Reading →

Our Three-Wheeler Just Got a Sweet Upgrade

Half a year ago, our lives changed when this sanlunche (three-wheeler) entered the family. We were ecstatic to finally have a vehicle that our whole family could fit into. Suddenly, it meant we could go on short trips and errands… Continue Reading →

Moms, THIS is Why You Can’t Use the Bathroom in Peace

A magical, mystical, supernatural thing happens when a woman becomes a mother. A bond is woven with the very threads of the cosmos to form an indestructible link between three entities: the mother, her child, and…the toilet seat. Moms, you… Continue Reading →

Why “Inside Out” is the best TCK resource of the year

TCKs (third culture kids) and their parents have a slowly-growing list of resources to use as they navigate their very unique world. This year, an amazing help was added from an unlikely source: a Disney Pixar film. You’ve probably heard… Continue Reading →

Bloomability (Review)

If you’re looking for a great book for a middle-school TCK (third culture kid), you’ve found it. Sharon Creech is already recognized as an outstanding writer and storyteller. She is best known for her award-winning book Walk Two Moons. Bloomability… Continue Reading →

A very quiet Children’s Day

Today, we had one of the quietest Children’s Days I think we’ve probably ever had. Normally, the kids are in some kind of school program, usually one that involves about two months of daily rehearsals at their school, sequined costumes,… Continue Reading →

6 things to tell my kids before we get back to the States

My kids have spent most of their lives in China, so there are a few American customs they might not be familiar with. I need to remember to coach them through a few of them during the long plane ride… Continue Reading →

“We have our own private pool” is not exactly a lie…

There are zero – count them! – zero swimming pools in our little town. So, we installed our own. No, I shouldn’t phrase it that way. It’s deceptive. But, the pool we have is still a ton of fun for… Continue Reading →

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