Raising TCKs is an online community for parents raising Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Raising kids isn’t always so easy. Raising kids in a culture other than our own is even more challenging. We all need encouragement and advice. My hope is that raising my TCKs becomes that place for you. So, whether you are a parent to preschoolers, you have a teenager starting his senior year, or your kids are already out of the house, I hope you will join the discussions.
Hi! I’m MaDonna Maurer. No, I’m not famous and I don’t sing except for occasionally in the shower. I’m not a MK(missionary kid),a BK(business kid), or a PK(pastor’s kid or principal’s kid). I grew up in Small Town, USA. I always had a desire to live near rice paddy fields. So, after graduating from college I moved to Asia to teach at an international school. It was there that I met my husband, Uwe.
He’s a German TCK. We have been married for thirteen years and have lived in eight different homes. Although I live in Asia, I still have yet to live near a rice paddy field. Instead I’ve become a small town girl living a big city girl’s life. I’m okay with that.
We have become a family of five. We have three TCKs: My son Ge Ge, my daughter Jie Jie with a genetic disorder (Cri-du-Chat), and my adopted daughter Mei Mei. (Not their real names, of course, but for their privacy these are their internet names). I call us the “Fusion Family!”
We are not perfect, nor do we have expat living down to a fine art, but we hope that you will be encouraged here with us.
If you’d like to contact me go to the contact page here.