Directory of TCK & CCK Blogs & Websites (A to M)

Expat Bookshop’s comprehensive list of the best TCK and CCK blogs and websites! (A to M)

Expat Bookshop has teamed up with TCKID and Dounia Bertuccelli, the blogger behind Next Stop, to create a comprehensive list of TCK and CCK blogs and websites.

Have we missed anything?

Let Jack know at jack@summertimepublishing.com.

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ALIENS AT HOME

www.aliensathome.wordpress.com

Reflections, discoveries, and a search for deeper understanding from Harmony, a 20-something TCK with an American-raised mother and Greek, Egyptian-born father who was raised in Quebec, Canada. Harmony was born in Thailand before moving to America when she was 8 years old. She currently works in Thailand as a boarding assistant (i.e. a guardian/supervisor) for 15 missionary kids attending school away from home.

DR ANISHA ABRAHAM, MD

www.dranishaabraham.com

Anisha helps teens, parents, professionals and organizations navigate adolescence successfully.

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CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK

www.cmhnetwork.org

Covers a range of mental health challenges for kids, including TCK challenges.

CHAMELEON

www.tckcckahdanceproject.blogspot.com

Third culture kids, cross cultural awareness, and Chameleon project – a multi-disciplinary dance production.

CHASING AENEAS

https://chasingaeneas.wordpress.com

As a TCK, Lauren Owen grew up in Taiwan before relocating to the United States for college. Since then she has lived in Massachusetts, USA; Italy and North Carolina, and travelled briefly in Thailand and Haiti. A former teacher turned social justice advocate, she enjoys incorporating her TCK perspective into social justice issues through writing.

CHRONIC-ILLS OF RACH, THE

www.rachelfaithcox.com

Rachel chronicles her life with a progressive form of the rare disease Dysautonomia. Sharing her life experience always includes discussion of her nomadic childhood as a TCK. Sometimes opinion pieces, sometimes nostalgic memory pieces and a lot of talk about the issues Rachel faces currently.

COMMUNICATING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

http://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/

A space for thoughtful dialogue in a polarized world. With essays on third culture kids, cross-cultural communication, faith and more, the authors invite others to join the conversation.

CROSS CULTURAL KID

www.crossculturalkid.org

Blog of Ruth E. Van Reken, a second-generation adult TCK and mother of 3 ATCKs. Ruth speaks and writes on issues related to global family living. She is co-founder of Families in Global Transition.

Find Ruth’s memoir, Letters Never Sent, here on Expat Bookshop.
Find more info on Third Culture Kids, which Ruth co-authored with David C Pollock, here.

CULTURALINGUA

www.culturalingua.wordpress.com

Reflections on language, culture and communication, including global nomads and third culture kids, international students and families, international transition, and intercultural communication.

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DENIZEN MAGAZINE

http://denizenmag.com/third-culture-kid

An online magazine and community dedicated to the global nomad. Has personal essays, studies, and interviews with third culture kids.

DIARY OF A MOVE

www.diary-of-a-move.com

A story about crossing borders and cultures. Addressed to all those who have been foreigners at least at some point in their lives. Katia describes herself as “a Greek by birth and a perpetual foreigner by choice”. She has lived in eight cities and seven countries in the last 20 years.

DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER, A

www.adiplomatsdaughter.wordpress.com

Focuses on Third Culture Kids, boarding school, university life in Cornwall, and Annabel’s stories from around the world.

DRIE CULTUREN

http://drieculturen.blogspot.sg/

“All about kids growing up in other cultures. Third culture kids. Expat kids. Refugee kids. Immigrant kids.” Of Dutch parents, Janneke was born in Zambia, schooled in Malawi and Zimbabwe and today lives in the Netherlands.

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EXPAT ALIEN

www.expatalien.com

Adventures and reflections from an adult TCK and global nomad. Kathleen had lived on five continents by the time she was 18.

EXPAT MUM: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE U.S. OF A

http://expatmum.blogspot.co.uk/

The irreverent blog of Toni Summers-Hargis, a Brit who moved to the US and is a certified “observer of Pond issues”. Also the author of Rules, Britannia and The Stress-Free Guide To Studying In The States.

Find Toni’s book, The Stress-Free Guide To Studying In The States, here on Expat Bookshop.

EXPAT NEST

http://www.expatnest.com

Founded by expat and psychologist Vivian Chiona, Expat Nest offers professional online counselling to internationals, as well as regular and relevant support and inspiration through Vivian’s blog. Expat Nest’s articles are written by both experts and expats, and cover a range of topics unique to the expat life (e.g. relationships abroad; developing/maintaining friendships while abroad, health and fitness; depression, anxiety or burnout; building resilience; stress management).

EXPATPSI – EL CONSULTORIO DE PSICOLOGÍA ONLINE PARA EXPATRIADOS Y MIGRANTES (Spanish)

www.expatpsi.com/blogo

A tool for Spanish-speaking expats/migrants/ATCKs. For Paula Vexilit having enough information to either make informed decisions or know what to expect is to take a prevention-oriented approach. As a clinical psychologist and researcher, she has listened to many people suffering due to the lack of resources in Spanish. Topics include: the TCK experience, accompanying partners, managing the grieving process, expat parenting and other classical challenges of the expat lifestyle.

EXPAT SINCE BIRTH

http://expatsincebirth.com/

Reflections from an “expat-since-birth multilingual mum” living in the Netherlands with her Swiss-German husband, son and twin daughters. Ute writes about multilingualism, multiculturalism, TCKS and ATCKs, parenting and expat life in general.

EXPAT TEENS TALK

www.expatteenstalk.blogspot.com/

By the authors of Expat Teens Talk. See the archives for personal teen experiences and contributions.

Find their book, Expat Teens Talk, here on Expat Bookshop.

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FAMILIES IN GLOBAL TRANSITION

http://www.figt.org

The global leader in cross cultural education and training to support the entire expat family. FIGT offers information-packed conferences and year-round benefits through its Membership Program and expanding educational website.

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GATHERING MUSTARD SEEDS

http://norakirkham.wordpress.com/

The musings, dreams and prayers of a TCK raised in Japan, Australia, and Romania.

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HEALTHY NEUROTICS

www.healthyneurotics.com

Written by an adult TCK, a broad look at what it is to be human, from an international perspective. Poetry, articles and songs.

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INTENTIONAL EXPAT

Intentional Expat is a blog presenting topics related to mental health and well-being among expats, ATCKs and other globally mobile individuals and couples. Articles are written by Dr. Melissa Parks, a psychologist working with this population, who is an expat herself.

http://www.intentionalexpat.com/

INTERACTION INTERNATIONAL

http://www.interactionintl.org

one of the best resources online with information on seminars, books, articles. Also home to the Among Worlds magazine. “Today’s voice for third culture kids and internationally mobile families.” 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MISSIONARY KIDS

http://ismk.org/

Organisation dedicated to equipping MKs educationally, emotionally, and spiritually through the challenges they face.

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JENNA STRAHM

www.jennastrahm.wordpress.com

Jenna currently lives in a small town in Indiana, but grew up in four different countries: Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, and the USA. She writes about her growing identity as an ATCK, life as a young adult, career development, faith and spirituality, and general thoughts about life.

JSIMENS – HELPING FAMILIES WORLDWIDE

http://jsimens.com/

This blog has a large following of international educators and global families. Julia writes about things that benefit the global family and about her own two TCKs life as they both have lived abroad since birth.
As an educator, speaker, author and consultant, Julia has a gold-medal global perspective on children and parenting. She and her family have navigated nine international relocations, which has provided her the opportunity to work with over 8,000 families on five continents.

Find Julia’s book, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child, here on Expat Bookshop.

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KID WORLD CITIZEN

https://kidworldcitizen.org

Activities that help young minds go global. This site is a fun and educational site with constant updates of activities, articles, and general resources.

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LAST BOARDING CALL, THE

http://thelastboardingcall.com

A blog about caregiving, aging, death and disability for adult TCKs and global nomads and the globally mobile family. Penned by a second-generation TCK, writer and educator.

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MANGO TREE REFLECTIONS

www.mangotreereflections.com

The audience of Lois’s blog is Adult TCKs and expatriates, and the therapists who work with them. The purpose is to gain insight into the world of ATCKs and expatriates.

Find Lois’s book, Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere, here on Expat Bookshop.

MELISSA WRITES OF PASSAGE

http://melissadaltonbradford.wordpress.com/

The website and blog of Melissa Dalton-Bradford, author of Global Mom: A Memoir. Features articles on anything from relocating to global parenting to TCKs.

MODERN LOVE LONG DISTANCE

https://www.modernlovelongdistance.com

Lisa McKay is an ATCK and has lived overseas her entire life. She gives great tips and advice for keeping relationships alive across the miles.

MU KAPPA

http://mukappa.org/

A fraternal association for MKs.

MULTILINGUAL PARENTING

www.multilingualparenting.com

Rita Rosenback offers support and advice for families with more than one language. Rita is the mother of two multilingual daughters and has extensive experience in working with bilinguals.

MY THIRD CULTURE

www.mythirdculturekid.wordpress.com

For TCKs and those willing to learn more about TCKs. Includes world recipes, articles, photographs and more, as well as contributions by TCKs.

Find Part 2 (N-Z) HERE.

Gran Canaria on a Motorbike

Matthew Hirtes, author of “Going Local in Gran Canaria: How to turn a holiday destination into a home” (Summertime Publishing, 2012), travels the Gran Canarian coastline by motorbike

Going Local in Gran Canaria cover 72British journalist Matthew Hirtes, the author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How to turn a holiday destination into a home, is always on the hunt for novel ways to explore his beautiful adopted home of Gran Canaria.  If he’s not discovering the island’s tourist-free beaches, he’s dabbling in pole-vaulting. This time Hirtes breaks his vow never to get on a motorbike again and takes to a coastal road on two wheels.

Read more about the book Going Local in Gran Canaria here.

Ruth E Van Reken & David C Pollock, Third Culture Kids

The latest edition of “Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds” (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009) by Ruth E Van Reken & David C Pollock shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable.

Nearly a decade ago, Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds introduced the concept of and has been the authority on the experiences of “TCKs” – children who grow up or spend a significant part of their childhood living abroad. Early on, TCKs were identified as the rototype “citizen of the future.” That future is now, as more and more children are growing up among worlds, creating a culturally rich and diverse world. Rich with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids, Revised Edition examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one’s “passport country” upon return. For many third culture kids, this book will be their first opportunity to discover that they share a common heritage with countless others around the world. This expanded edition profiles the personal challenges that TCKs experience, from feelings of rootlessness and unresolved grief to struggles with maturity and identity. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, the new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include “cross-cultural kids,” children of biracial or bicultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees – all of this bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and “home.”

 

 

www.nicholasbrealey.com

www.crossculturalkid.org

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid* (TCK) and mother of three now adult TCKs and co-author of Third Culture Kids:  Growing Up Among Worlds, rev. ed. (Nicholas Brealey) with David C. Pollock. She is also the author of Letters Never Sent, one of the first books written by an adult TCK examining the impact of his or her cross-cultural childhood. For the last twenty five years, Ruth has traveled extensively to over forty-five countries working with fellow adult TCKs, parents of TCKs, human resource people, educators, and other caregivers, about issues related to global family living.  Currently, Ruth is researching how lessons learned in this TCK context may also apply to other types of cross-cultural childhoods. Ruth is co-founder and past chairperson of the annual Families in Global Transition conference. In addition to her two books and various other articles, she was written  a chapter in Strangers at Home (Aletheia Publications), Unrooted Childhoods (Nicholas Brealey/Intercultural Press), and an upcoming book,  Writing Out of Limbo (Cambridge Scholars Publications).

*a child who spends a significant period of time during his or her developmental years growing up in a culture outside the parents’ culture.

David C. Pollock  is one of the first people to make those who grew up globally to realize they had a name and common connection with others. After living near an international school in Kenya during the 1970’s, Dave realized he was hearing many common themes from the expat children attending that school. He returned to the US and founded Interaction, International to try to be a resource for all organizations who were sending families overseas, hoping to help them deal more effectively with the challenges their children faced so they could use the gifts as well. For many years, Dave circled the globe tirelessly to spread the word of the TCK profile he had developed and the impact of transition on families. Sadly, in April, 2004, he collapsed during once such event in Vienna, Austria and died 9 days later on Easter Sunday.