GirlGI | Girl Gone International GirlGI Issue 4 - Page 78

Bringing Up Baby, Bébé & Bebê The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your Own Mini Globe-Hopper P TCK spends ‘a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the acking bags and moving country is parents’ culture. Such a child frequently something most GGIs relish and actively builds relationships to all of the cultures, seek. For GGIs with children, however, while not having full ownership in any,’ the excitement that accompanies a move and goes on to create his or her own is tempered by concern for the effects of unique, third, culture. the move on the little people in her life. In this feature, we explore some of the challenges and rewards of raising global nomads, including results from our latest survey, and highlight the experiences of three GGIs raising their children in different corners of the world. Although parents have been moving country with their children for thousands of years – even Cleopatra took her son Ceasarion when she had to go to Rome back in 46 BC – it was not until the 1950s that sociologists began to study the effects of international moves on children. It was then that Dr. Ruth Hill Useem, an American sociologist and anthropologist, coined the term ‘Third Culture Kids’ (TCK) to describe children of international families. According to Dr. Useem, TCK refers ‘to children who accompany their parents into another society.’ A ‘It is important to try to give TCKs what they might naturally have if they did not move around: a sense of community and rituals that celebrate life’s special moments.’ GirlGI polled GGIs to learn what they find most challenging and rewarding about raising TCKs. One of the biggest concerns for any parent, but especially for expat parents, is creating a sense of belonging for their children: it can be hard to foster a child’s sense of identity when moving in and out of cultures and countries. To counter this, respondents in the GGI survey advised it was