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TCK Siblings: I Guess I’m Stuck With You

One of the upsides of living abroad is our children often have close relationships. Third Culture Kid Rachel Aguiar wrote a great story about how much she values her siblings.

By Rachel Aguiar, in Denizen for Third Culture Kids

Who used up the batteries in the Game Boy?

My two younger brothers and I were crammed into seats next to each other, arguing heatedly. It was typical road trip fight for a 6, 8 and 11-year-old, — but instead of bickering in the backseat of a car, we were in the Economy cabin on a flight to Singapore.

We quit bickering to look out the window as our flight took off from American soil. Sean, Nathan and I paused and glanced at each other for a moment, realizing that our lives were about to dramatically change. Then someone found more batteries and the fight over the Game Boy began anew.

Experiencing life as a third culture kid is unique, adventurous and challenging. But no one, not even other third culture kids, can understand exactly what your life has been like growing up around the world – except for the people who shared the same childhood.

“I didn’t really realize what was happening when we moved overseas the first time,” Nathan, now 21, told me. “Mom and Dad knew what was going on—the only other people who were as clueless as I was were you and Sean.”

The first few months in a new country are easily the most challenging. Fortunately, having siblings means you have a built-in set of friends who already know where you’ve come from and what you’ve been through.

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