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HOME, JAMES is here!

I am thrilled to let you know that my book, HOME, JAMES, is now released! Readers are saying: “It’s a book about every middle schooler who’s ever felt like an outsider. And that’s pretty much all of us.” “…had me… Continue Reading →

Favorite TCK Books of 2017 + Giveaway!

I love finding good fiction books about people living cross-culturally. This year, I found three great middle-grade novels that featured main characters living in a new country. I think they’re good stories, especially for TCKs and expat families. Have you… Continue Reading →

TCK Novels Going Strong During NaNoWriMo in China

I took the plunge and am now half-way through my novel for National Novel Writing Month! So far, I am on track to finish by the November 30th deadline, and am feeling good about my story. I expect somewhere in… Continue Reading →

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 →

Let’s Play Overseas Mom Guilt Bingo!

All moms struggle with mom guilt, but I think living overseas adds an extra layer of struggle. We get all the normal worries plus fun bonus ones like tropical diseases and second languages. We beat ourselves up for all the ways we… 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 →

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