Third Culture Mormon Kid Parents is a community created and maintained by Sarah Keating Livingston. Sarah and her family are American but have lived in Russia, Luxembourg, Ireland and now South Korea working in the private sector. Living abroad and raising an LDS family presents unique challenges which are easier when supported by a village. If you would like to contribute to this blog or have a recommendation please feel free to contact us!
What is a Third Culture Kid?
Third culture kid (TCK) or third culture individual (TCI) are terms used to refer to children raised in a culture other than their parents’ (or the culture of the country given on the child’s passport, where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. They are exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences. For adults who have had this experience as children, another term used is adult third culture kid (ATCK). TCKs move between cultures before they have had the opportunity to fully develop their personal and cultural identity. The first culture of such individuals refers to the culture of the country from which the parents originated, the second culture refers to the culture in which the family currently resides, and the third culture refers to the amalgamation of these two cultures.
This blog exists to take the needs of the TCK and look at it through the framework of the LDS faith.
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