Expat Family

I Belong to You

by Editor on December 2, 2019

by Laura Hope As a child, my parents moved often. We left Israel when I was 3 years old only to move from state to state in the USA for the next ten years due to my father’s work. When we came back to Israel when I was 13, I struggled with a sense of […]

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One Thing I Want to Tell Third Culture Kids

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 15, 2019

This week a university student and I connected over Skype to talk about Third Culture Kids. She is one, working on a really cool project about TCKs, and I’m the mom of three.  We talked about how valuable things like courage, vulnerability, and curiosity are. We talked about the gift that I believe TCKs are […]

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In Praise of Care Packages

by Craig Thompson on October 28, 2019

Two months ago, I wrote about used tea bags in care packages, which led to reader comments about less-than-optimal gifts, including a single roll of toilet paper, ribbons from graveside floral arrangements, and pencil stubs. But “philcott,” reminds us of the joys that gifts can bring, by pointing out what can happen when they are […]

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6 Reasons to Add a Nanny to Your Village

by Editor on October 18, 2019

by Jenny Scheer The notion that I would offer up parenting advice is laughable considering the way I struggled with the transition to motherhood when I had my firstborn in Uganda 20 months ago. I considered writing a blog post about how hard the first 3-4 months were. Not one of those posts about how […]

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The Role of the Family Abroad

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 15, 2019

I’m on a whirlwind trip in the USA and am not going to waste your precious reading time with blathering nonsense that I summon through the mist of jet lag and book stuff, combined with medical stuff because When in the USA Thou Shall See the Doctor is one of the commandments for people living in the developing […]

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Ouch! I think I strained my life!

by Jonathan Trotter on October 3, 2019

You know what I’m talking about, right? The moment it catches up to you (mid-thirties, usually) and you realize you’re going to have to stop and get gas. I bent over to field a grounder and couldn’t walk for 3 days. I sneezed too enthusiastically and my neck wasn’t right for a week. Or I […]

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10 Ways to Host Friends and Family Well

by Editor on August 29, 2019

by John Walsh When friend and family visit you while living overseas, it can be a tremendously uplifting time of re-connection, support and encouragement. It also gives you an opportunity to show off your adopted country to your loved ones. But, frankly, these visits also have the potential to be exhausting. The pressure of entertaining […]

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If You Send an MK Some Cookies

by Craig Thompson on July 29, 2019

Inspired by Laura Numeroff— If you send an MK some cookies, she’s going to want to eat a couple. But first she’ll ask her mom if she can walk down the street to get some apple soda to go with them. On her way, she’ll see a stationery store. That will make her think about buying […]

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How to Fall in Love With Normal Life Again

by Editor on July 26, 2019

by Kris Gnuse I got off the plane and stepped out into the height of rainy season. The hard stuff struck me like the honeymoon glow of language school blowing its first transformer. Mold in full bloom on our car seats and furniture. Trash scattered on the streets. The cramped feel of our house after […]

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What Kind of Legacy Will We Leave Behind?

by Editor on June 26, 2019

by Beth We planted a walnut tree in our garden in Central Asia. As we sat in its meager shade (it’s still a small tree) my husband smiled and said: “Just think, one day our grandchildren will be able to climb this tree and enjoy a view over the whole city!” For a few moments […]

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9 Ways MKs Can Navigate Their Grief

by Editor on June 21, 2019

by Michèle Phoenix Someone asked me, recently, why there is such an emphasis on grief and loss in my speaking on MK topics. The answer is simple: they are highly influential emotions experienced by a majority of MKs. A young man named Muki, who recently transitioned back to his passport country, articulated it best: I’ve […]

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15 Things I Want to Tell Graduating Third Culture Kids

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 15, 2019

Originally published on Djibouti Jones You can always come home. Home might not be this house but home is always this family. Come rejoicing, come weeping, come whole, come broken, come lonely, come with packs of friends, come in silence, come and spill it all. This table, meaning the table I’ve set in my heart […]

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