Welcome to TCK TALK. As this forum is designed for Third Culture Kids, it seems the best place to start is with a definition of what exactly this term means. Here is the official definition:
A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TKC’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background (Pollock, David C. & Van Reken, Ruth E (2009), Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Nicholas Brealey Publishing: Boston, MA, p. 13).
I became aware and more interested in this topic when David Pollock came as a guest speaker to the international school my daughters attend and at which I have worked. I read his book in preparation and was fascinated by the positives, and yes, some negatives that can come with living this lifestyle. With two young daughters, at the time, I wanted to know how to best support them and help them grow and succeed in this type of environment. Unfortunately, Mr. Pollock became quite ill at the presentation and tragically died soon after. I was very impressed by his commitment to helping spread understanding regarding TCKs and was inspired to read, study and learn more about this group. In my recent studies to earn a Master’s in School Counseling, all of my papers and discussions had the notion of unique TKC concerns and realities as part of the lens through which I focused my efforts to gain knowledge and better understanding.
This forum is the natural progression of this interest. I look forward to hearing from other TCK families and anyone who is interested in learning and sharing more about the TCK experience. Please feel free to post comments, questions, discussion topics, or anything else of special concern to the world of Third Culture Kids.