Raising TCKs was started out to be an online community for parents raising Third Culture Kids (TCKs). We all know that raising kids isn’t always easy, but raising them in a culture other than our own is even more challenging. Raising TCKs is a place I hope that can bring encouragement and maybe some wisdom to anyone who is in the process of raising a TCK. I’ve recently added a new tab, “Book Review”, which is a place where you can find posts on books about TCKs, expat living and anything else related to living overseas.
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 with fields of corn and wheat. 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 first heard the term TCK. It is also there that I met my husband, Uwe.
He’s a German TCK. In our fifteen years of marriage I’ve gained much wisdom from him about living overseas, how to say good-bye well, and living in a multi-cultural marriage. And having lived in now nine different homes, I’ve learned a few packing tricks.
Although I live in Asia, I still have yet to live near a rice paddy field, but that could change (you just never know when you’re married to a TCK). Instead I’ve become a small town girl living a big-city girl’s life. I’m okay with that.
We came to be a family of five when we became the forever family for our youngest daughter. I try to use internet names for my three TCKs: my son Ge Ge, my daughter Jie Jie with a genetic disorder (Cri-du-Chat), and my youngest daughter Mei Mei. I call us the “Fusion Family!” – for we seem to be fused together by culture, race, and disabilities.
We are not perfect, nor do we have expat living down to a fine art, but I hope that you will be encouraged here.
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