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My Children Have Always Been Third Culture Kids, and That's a Good Thing

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When you live overseas with children a conversation you might often have is about raising third culture kids, or TCKs. TCK is a term coined to describe people who grow up outside of the culture of their passport country, but also outside of the culture of the places they grow up in because as an expat you are never fully part of the local culture. These kids are third culture then, a culture that is unique to them and their experiences living overseas as expats in different cultures. There are many positive things to be said about the TCK experience, ease with transitions, comfort learning about other cultures, lots of interesting life experiences, capacity with other languages, travel, etc.

There are also negative things about the TCK experience. The grief of saying goodbye to people over and over again, as the expat life is transient and people rarely stay a long time. The grief of leaving friends from your host country when you return to your passport country. The grief of missing f…

The End of an Era

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It was February 2001 when I became pregnant for the first time.

That baby is now 17 years old, and probably leaving home in less than a year.

Since that day in February when I first conceived I have been either breastfeeding, or pregnant, without any pauses, for 18 years.



I was always pregnant with another by the time I weaned the child who was nursing.

It's not like I planned it that way. It just sort of happened.

I was committed to extended breastfeeding, and I just kept getting pregnant before I'd had time to wean the previous child. So the new baby became the catalyst to wean the older sibling.

All that to say, I'm done!

A month ago my youngest, just before turning 3, stopped nursing to sleep, and I am no longer lactating.

My body is no longer nourishing an extra person, for the first time in 18 years! Yes, I'm repeating myself. I'm not sure you get the significance of it.

My breasts are my own again. They don't have any milk in them. I will need to buy new…

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