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So… where’s home? [from a TCK’s perspective]

23 Aug

Adjusting to School…

School’s begun, kids are adjusting to their ‘newest’ challenges: new friends, without forgetting their ‘previous’ ones, new teachers, with different teaching techniques, strategies, and a brand new schedule… All in all, they seem to be taking it in pretty well (at least for these past 2 weeks!). Let’s see what future will bring to this foreign service family ♥

Adjustments are never easy, nor smooth, but as committed parents, we’re trying our very best to make sure our 3 kids have an enjoyable social/emotional/psychological experience at this new posting/assignment. Not all is under our control, unfortunately, but… it’s all part of life, and life’s challenging on itself – otherwise, what’d be the meaning of pursuing different lifestyles?

That said, during one of my ‘blog hopping’ ventures, found a very interesting video discussing the meaning of ‘home, from a TCK‘s perspective, totally worthy the time, and maybe, a good way to generate some discussion/questioning about the theme. Here it is:

So Where’s Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo.

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11 responses to “So… where’s home? [from a TCK’s perspective]

  1. Charlotta

    August 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Just found your site, and looking forward to follow your adventures. I think it is good for TCKs & parents, AND school staff, to know that there is actually something called TCK & possible effects of being à tck. I have seen the video previously; good that you shared it!
    I have, on My webpage, written about going “Home” & mixed feelings.
    See you on twitter! I’m @globatris

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Charlotta, for showing up and sharing your thoughts/resources! Let’s keep in touch, and welcome! 😮

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  2. k @ there is fun to be done

    August 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I love/hate this question – and I know my son will too!!!!!
    I always just picked a city (usually where home leave was) which was all great until you ran into someone from that city and they started asking you more questions about your history + said city! Then the jig was up!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      It’s funny, and sad, at the same time… it’s the never-ending feeling of not belonging anywhere… sometimes I wonder about that… and our future as a family… I’ve seen some great examples out there, people who’ve made it through, and lived to share great life experiences… other times, you encounter a few ‘not-so-happy’ stories, as well… Thant’s when one wonders… what is it all about? what is the meaning of it all? are we all really living, or simply trying to make it through? Anyway, let’s see what the future brings up, right? Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts/comments! 😮

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  3. Gilly Gee

    August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Your children are growing up in a very unique way. I’m sure the things they are missing are more than made up for by their experiences.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Ohh, Gilly… Thank you so much for being supportive… Encouragement is always needed and welcomed! Hopefully, we’re on the right track! Thanks for checking the post out and sharing your insights! 😮

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  4. Peter Thomas Senese

    August 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

    What a thoroughly interesting and educational film short and article. I applaude you and your husband’s efforts and act in teaching your children about global citizenship. Clearly it takes a great deal of parenting to have a TCK – which is really amazing. Unquestionably, as our world becomes closer together, our TCK’s become the ambassadors of the world, and in them rests so much of humanity’s hope to celebrate our differences and realize that we really have so much in common. Thank you my friend for sharing this important message while creating a few ‘Ambassadors’!

    Your friend,
    Peter Thomas Senese

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Peter – thank you very much for your kind words… It’s definitely, not an easy job, and I admire the parents that began working on raising multicultural/multilingual children, back when there was no or very little help/assistance/understanding from our society… I often question myself regarding the way we’re bringing our kids up, and we hope we’re doing the right thing (btw, ‘what is right?”), and for no reason, we’d like to see them hurt, physically, emotionally, socially… Thanks for the support, Peter. I hope others have the same deal of understanding… we’ll then be heading to a much better world! 😮 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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      • Peter Thomas Senese

        August 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

        It is my pleasure to do so. I think what you are doing is pushing a new frontier that really is global citizenship. In this sense, you are an amazing pioneer, and I applaude what and how you are raising your children. I firmly believe that in our 3rd culture – global citizenship – our world will reach the remarkable potential it has the ability to reach. With deep admiration my friend … Peter

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