The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Why does a cross-cultural childhood matter?

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A cross-cultural childhood impacts TCKs developmentally. Global nomads move back and forth from one culture to another before they have completed a very important developmental task – that of forming their own personal or cultural identity. There are many things which help us form personal and cultural identity. Two which are very relevant to the TCK lifestyle are lasting, core relationships and learning the cultural rules.

In and through relationships we can share and discover many aspects of ourselves. They are also where we receive love and support. But for those things to happen, we must have lasting relationships in our lives. When a person moves continuously, it’s not easy to establish the ongoing relationships that fill this basic human need.

One of the major developmental tasks that help us form our sense of identity and belonging is to successfully learn the basic cultural rules of our society while we are children. We will typically test them as adolescents and then eventually use them as the basis for how we live and act as adults. Knowing how a place works and how we are expected to behave in that place gives us a sense of security. But for TCKs those cultural rules keep changing and they are always trying to figure it out.

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