What Is A TCK, anyway?
Note: To read articles about the Meier family’s cultural experiences, please visit the link listed under “Categories” called “TCK Views” on the right of this blog directly under the picture of our family.
The word TCK is an acronym for “third-culture kid” and is the term used to describe those individuals who have lived a significant part of their developmental years in a multi-cultural environment. In recent year, the term of “global nomad” has also been used to describe them.
The most typical TCK, is one whose parents are from a culture that is different than the culture in which they live.
Stephen is a TCK whose parents are from the U.S. and Canada but grew up in Austria.
Cristina is a TCK whose parents are from the U.S. but grew up in Honduras and Ecuador.
Their children, Jared, Luke and Grace became TCKs while living in Quito, Ecuador where both Luke and Grace were born and were Jared learned how to become biligual. Although their youngest, Seth, was born a Texan, they hope to share their multi-cultural upbringing with him, as well. They also hope to one day return to an international setting for education to continue the TCK experience for their family.
What makes the TCK unique is their multi-cultural perspective that can give them both insight and understanding into different cultures and worldviews. Therefore, the TCK worldview will now be employed to understand the culture we are experiencing here in Lake Jackson, Texas.