Ruth VanReken

co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd ed., co-founder, Families in Global Transition, author, Letters Never Sent

In Person Virtual

Third Culture Kids-Phase 2: What's the Same, What's New for Today's TCKs

  • Breakout Session
  • Main Building ATCR 206
  • November 10 2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For the last 60 years, many have studied the population known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs)—children who grow up outside their parents’ passport country(ies)/cultures. But the world has changed greatly in that time. What common characteristics for TCKs of the past remain for today’s TCKs? What are new benefits and paradoxical complexities globally mobile families face in today's world? If being a TCK is part of God’s ‘workmanship’ in our children's lives, how can we best nurture them in a cross-cultural, highly mobile lifestyle? Come join our discussion on these matters.

An interactive presentation/discussion on how a changing world increases cultural complexity for many children who are growing up amid many cultural worlds. We will also share from audience and presenter strategies for helping our children maximize and use well the gifts of such a childhood.