How do you feel when you hear the term 'Third Culture Kid' or 'TCK'? Does it fill you with a warm fuzzy glow or a cold hard dread? Do you feel a sense of belonging or does it reinforce your feelings of the in-between? Do you identify with other associated terms such as globally mobile … Continue reading Globally Mobile Children: One Tribe or Many? Part Two
Have you noticed the number of social media posts questioning the terminology around children who live a life that takes them across and among cultures and worlds? Third Culture Kid (TCK), globally mobile kid, Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK), expat brat, missionary kid, military brat, global nomad are just a few of the terms floating around. As … Continue reading Globally Mobile Children: One Tribe or Many? Part One
I am excited to finally share one of the big projects I've been working on in 2018. _____ Announcing the launch of Sea Change Mentoring and Globally Grounded’s independent research project into transitions support at international schools International schools are the most popular educational platform for families in global transition. While recent years have brought … Continue reading Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support
Please allow me to introduce you to Marielle de Spa - a mover and shaker in the global mobility field and a kindred spirit who values the collective family experience. She carries an important message for families in global transition that I would like to share with you. Read on to be inspired and empowered. Originally … Continue reading Third Culture Families: Redefining the Traditional Concept of Home, Family and Friendship
It's that time of year when many globally mobile families are either preparing to return 'home', contemplating returning 'home' or farewelling others who are returning 'home'. Re-Entry Expert, Dr Cate Brubaker, shares her wisdom and insight with us on how to make returning 'home' a positive, growth oriented experience that leads to a meaningful and … Continue reading Returning ‘Home’: Insight from an Expert
It's been too long! How many times have you heard this phrase as you collect a loved one from the airport or arrive on a doorstep during 'home' leave? This time, however, it's because it has been too long since we've connected via the Globally Grounded Blog. So let's catch up. Now. Whilst we haven't … Continue reading Globally Grounded Update
Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving? Do you have: students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning? teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural … Continue reading Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series
This week I am honoured to be writing over at I Am A Triangle's (IAAT) brand new website. What began almost four years ago as a Facebook group of 30 'Triangles' has now grown into a community of over 15,000 people who have lived in various cultures and countries, whether as children, teens or adults. Launched … Continue reading Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School
We’re about to jump in the car to begin our family Winter vacation. I’ve just sent off the final draft of a book I’m co-authoring and my own words are ringing in my head…so-much-so that I’m reblogging them here, for my benefit as well as yours.
Although it’s now the Southern Hemisphere Winter and the Northern Hemisphere Summer, the challenge remains the same – unplug and connect.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means the holiday season is just around the corner. Traditionally it’s a time when we get together with those we love…or those we have to love. Many will take time off work. Some will holiday at home. Others will holiday far away. Several will remain in their host country. Wherever in the world you are this holiday season, I encourage you to Unplug and Connect – really connect.
You’ve heard it before – we are more connected than ever. In fact, I take my hat off to all those who lived abroad pre-1990s. Technology has made moving to the other side of the world so much easier because we can maintain relationships with friends and family in real time. Our reliance on technology, however, can take us away from what it right in front of us. People. Places. Perspectives. Life.
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