I have said repeatedly, “Talk to your TCK about being a TCK.”
This past week, I sat at a table with 12 TCKs, ages 11-15. We talked about being a TCK. They all participated with enthusiasm.
I asked a question, and they wrote their response on a piece of paper and handed it in anonymously. This way, they had time to think, and no one was put on the spot (so embarrassing!).
I also did this with my children years ago. I still have their answers on the cards with the questions. I remember being somewhat surprised at their answers.
I challenge you to give this a try. It really is a fun exercise. Remember, keep it light.
Here is a list of questions to get started on.
For those of you living in your Host Country (where you live abroad):
- Tell about one of your fondest memories of something we did as a family on the field.
- Is there anyone you’ve met that you’d like to be like? Why?
- What is the hardest thing about being a TCK?
- Which skill would you like to learn in this country that wouldn’t be possible in your home country?
- What is something for which you would like to thank your parents?
- Tell me about the person who has influenced your spiritual life.
- When I am happy I…
- When I am sad I…
- If I had a wish, it would be…
- What do you do when you feel lonely?
- One of the biggest celebrations of my life was…
- What would you do to help a new TCK in your area?
- Tell about a travel experience you’ll never forget!
- The thing I miss most about my home country…
- If you had a friend come visit, where would you take him first?
- What is your favorite new food in your host country?
- Who would you pick to come visit you, if that were possible?
- One thing parents should never do is…
- What three words describe your host country?
- Where is “home”? Where do you feel like you belong? Why?
- One of my fondest memories of celebrating a holiday in my host country is…
- I hope we never stop… Because…
- Who do you miss most from your home country?
- What will you miss when you leave this country?
If you would like a Word document copy of these questions, download Host Country Questions and print it off.
Next time I will have a list of questions for those who are in their home country for home assignment.