Any parent taking a child overseas needs to understand that they will be raising a Third Culture Kid. The most commonly used definition of this is the one used by David C. Pollock and Ruth Van Reken in their book, The Third Culture Kid Experience: Growing Up Among Worlds.

“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 builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, a sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.”

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