The experience of living overseas as a child is very different to the experience of living overseas as an adult. The impact of childhood experiences last a lifetime. They are formative experiences – they teach us how the world works. We all internalise ‘lessons’ from our childhood experiences.
TCKs grow up between cultures, learning lessons from more than one cultural viewpoint. Often these messages contradict one another, and learning to navigate this conflict is part of what makes a TCK. The lessons they learn about how the world works, therefore, often come less from individual cultures and more from the fact that they juggle more than one cultural viewpoint. The experience of being “in between” greatly affects their understanding of the world.
As I interviewed hundreds of TCKs there were a lot of repeated themes, and even specific phrases, that became familiar. These were the lessons these TCKs had learned through their childhood experiences. In this post I’m introducing one of the most common lessons of a TCK childhood: Everyone leaves.
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Go Beyond Cross-Border Tax and Legal Complexity to Location Independence, Financial Freedom and True Life Satisfaction
Jennifer A. Patterson, CFP® (US), CIMA, TEP
What is financial planning for global living?
Whether you are embarking on a short- or long-term overseas assignment, moving for love, are a dual citizen, are considering retiring abroad, or are an advisor to people in any of those situations, Financial Planning for Global Living will give you the insight and practical guidance, and the tools you need, all honed from the trenches. You’ll learn the key dynamics of the community and lifestyle, discover the key technical issues that affect tax and legal complexity, and you’ll learn both the model and the methodology to confidently design a plan that allows you to live, work, play, and make a difference from anywhere in the world while you and your family live a full, financially secure, happy, and well-structured life… across borders.
About the Book
In an article in ChinaSource, Tanya Crossman, author of Misunderstood, explains not only what the three cultures are, but why they matter.
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