“A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of their developmental years outside the parents' culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.”
Whilst TCKs are in many ways prototype citizens of their world, the issues associated with their “nomadic” life require particular understanding. Issues of identity and of the “grief” associated with the multiple loss of friends, “home” and pets. This cycle of losses can lead to suppressed emotions that show up in some form later in life.
Zein International Childcare is a leader in the integration of the TCK world into school and childcare, and is dedicated to supporting parents in understanding the beautiful and challenging life of the TCK. Founder Robbie Zein - an adult TCK herself - is an experienced lecturer on this subject and has provided consulting services on childhood behaviour for the expatriate community.